New NT chief minister names first cabinet

By Anna Macdonald

May 23, 2022

Northern Territory chief minister Natasha Fyles (centre) in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory Parliament, in Darwin, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. (AAP Image/Aaron Bunch)

The Northern Territory’s new chief minister, Natasha Fyles, has announced her new ministry, after being appointed leader following Michael Gunner’s surprise resignation.

Fyles, along with being chief minister, will head the portfolios of health, alcohol policy, major projects and defence.

The chief minister said the priorities for her cabinet will be strengthening the economy and tackling ‘social challenges’.

“The new ministry will help keep our cabinet and caucus stable and balanced during this important time of change. We are prioritising sustainable communities for all Territorians with a transparent, united and stable government,” Fyles said. 

Deputy chief Nicole Manison has been appointed to the portfolios of tourism and hospitality, parks and rangers, advanced manufacturing, mining and industry, and northern Australia and trade. Mansion was acting chief minister in the interim before Fyles was chosen as chief minister by the Labor caucus. 

Eva Lawler is now treasurer, and heading the portfolios of education, infrastructure, planning and logistics, and territory development.

Paul Kirby will lead public employment, business, jobs and training, agribusiness and fisheries, major events, and veteran’s affairs.

Lauren Moss has been assigned to lead environment, climate change and water security, mental health and suicide prevention, equality and inclusion, youth, and seniors. 

The portfolios under Selena Uibo are housing and homelands, renewables and energy, essential services, Aboriginal affairs, and treaty and local decision-making.

Kate Worden leads police, fire and emergency services, territory families, prevention of domestic, family and sexual violence, and sport.

Chansey Paech, the former speaker, becomes the attorney-general and minister for justice, and leader of government business, and will head up the portfolios for racing, gaming and licensing, local government, arts, culture and heritage, and desert knowledge Australia.

The most recent speaker, Ngaree Ah Kit, has been appointed to corporate and digital development, international education, disabilities, and multicultural affairs. 

Speaking of the speaker, Mark Monaghan will be taking over that role. 

The ministers were sworn in on Monday morning at Government House. 

The previous chief minister, Gunner, resigned earlier this month, citing his commitment to his family.


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