Natasha Fyles set to become Northern Territory Chief Minister and replace Michael Gunner

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Natasha Fyles will be the Northern Territory’s next Chief Minister, after the shock resignation of Michael Gunner earlier this week.

The 43-year-old was elected as leader following a Labor caucus meeting at Parliament House in Darwin this morning.

Ms. Fyles confirmed the news in a statement, saying the caucus "selected me as the unanimous choice for Leader of the Territory Labor Party".

"This afternoon I will visit the administrator to be sworn in as Chief Minister of the Northern Territory.

"Our united and stable team is now focused on getting on with our first priority – serving Territorians."

Ms Fyles is the Leader of Government Business and has been the NT Health Minister since 2016, and was the Attorney-General between 2016 and 2020.

She was first elected to parliament in 2012 and was promoted to the frontbench after Labor's landslide win in 2016.

As health minister, Ms Fyles was a highly visible presence throughout the pandemic along with Mr Gunner and NT chief health officer Hugh Heggie.

Following his resignation, Mr Gunner praised Ms Fyles as "Australia's best Health Minister".

Part of Labor's left faction, Ms Fyles was considered alongside Police Minister Nicole Manison, of the right faction, to be the frontrunners for the job.

Ms Fyles represents the electorate of Nightcliff in Darwin's northern suburbs, which is considered the safest Labor seat in the territory, with a large margin of 26.7 per cent.


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