The Country Liberal Party has delayed its preselection process for the vast Northern Territory electorate of Lingiari until June.
- The CLP has extended the preselection process for Lingiari for several months
- The long-time Labor Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon is not contesting the next federal election
- Labor has not yet confirmed its candidate for Lingiari
Party members made the decision on Saturday afternoon at the CLP’s three-day central council meeting in Alice Springs.
Darwin-based members and the parliamentary team travelled to the town on Friday for the meeting, where it had been expected a final decision on a candidate would be made.
But the party will now decide in June, when it will also finalise candidates for the NT’s other federal seat of Solomon, which takes in Darwin and most of Palmerston, and the Senate.
The CLP had set an original “expression of interest” deadline of February 12 for Lingiari and Solomon, but this will now be extended.
Earlier this month, CLP president Jamie DeBrenni told the ABC he was “comfortable” with the number of expressions of interest received for Lingiari.
But he declined to specify how many nominations for Lingiari the party had received.
Labor yet to confirm candidate
The massive electoral division of Lingiari extends across almost 1.4 million square kilometres and covers almost all of the NT.
Lingiari also covers the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island territories.
Labor’s long-serving Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon announced his retirement from the job late last year, saying it was time for him to “roll up the swag” after representing the area for about three decades.
Deputy Nationals leader David Littleproud was a guest at the central council meeting and said a “conduit” was needed between the huge remote electorate of Lingiari and the Federal Government.
“What the people of Lingiari want is someone from their community, that believes in their community, is from their community and understands it,” he said.
Labor has not yet confirmed its candidate for Lingiari but the party is likely to select one of four Aboriginal nominees, according to senior party sources.
The potential candidates include Northern Land Council chief executive Marion Scrymgour, Charles Darwin University researcher Jeanie Govan, Aboriginal Carbon Foundation chief executive Rowan Foley and public servant and former NT Government minister Matthew Bonson.
Sources close to Mr Snowdon have told the ABC he and NT Senator Malarrndirri McCarthy would support Ms Scrymgour.
Mr Snowdon has not publicly confirmed his endorsement of a particular nominee.
“It is not my intention to be engaged in public commentary on the preselection process,” he said.
Ms Scrymgour was the first Indigenous woman elected to the NT Parliament and served as an NT government minister and deputy chief minister.
The parliamentary terms for the NT’s two Senate seats — held by the CLP’s Sam McMahon and Labor’s Malarndirri McCarthy — expire before the next federal election.
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