The battle for the Top End is over with a clear victory for the ALP.
Retaining the regional seat of Lingiari and scooping up the metropolitan seat of Solomon from the Country Liberal Party with a resounding swing in their favour the ALP must be looking to next month’s Territorial polls with glee.
In the Senate the ALP have retained their single seat as have the CLP albeit with a massive 7% swing away from them.
There are only two seats in the Northern Territory and now both are held by Labor.
Solomon, centred on the metropolitan areas of Darwin and Palmerston, was won by Labor’s Luke Gosling
It had been held by the Country Liberals' Natasha Griggs on a marginal 1.4%,
Griggs has blamed local party “shenanigans” for interfering with her campaign.
Lingiari, the Territory’s only other electorate - encompassing the rest of the Territory, as well as Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands - has re-elected its stalwart MP.
Labor front bencher Warren Snowdon held the seat on a margin of 0.9%.
Across the Territory there’s been a massive 7.1% swing away from the Coalition and a 3.3% gain by the ALP and a 1.8% swing to the Greens.
With the Territory set to return to the polls in August the chances of survival for the incumbent Country Liberal government looks bleak.