By ERWIN CHLANDA
Labor’s Warren Snowdon remains the Member for Lingiari after yesterday’s election, with a greater margin over his CLP opponent, Tina MacFarlane, although she outpolled him comfortably in Alice Springs.
Ms MacFarlane received 3682 votes here compared to Mr Snowdon’s 3476.
Both Mr Snowdon and Ms MacFarlane had swings against them, 2.14% and 2.79% respectively. Mr Snowdon’s two candidate preferred swing is 5.17%.
The seven independent or minor party candidates in Lingiari polled better than in 2013 but not as well as expected. They received 2394 votes in Alice Springs.
Mr Snowdon was quoted in the NT News as saying: “This is my 11th election. For the first time in almost 30 years we’ve won every booth in Alice Springs — except for one booth, Yirara — now that’s unprecedented.”
This is incorrect because Ms MacFarlane outpolled him also in the Gregory Terrace, Braitling and Gillen booths.
Mr Snowdon made a few broad brush promises in a mail-out but did not agree to an interview with the Alice Springs News Online in which his statements could have been be tested or further details elicited.
He said in the mail-out that he would:
• Ensure every child in every school gets every opportunity;
• Protect Medicare;
• Put the Australian dream of home ownership within the reach of working and middle-class families;
• Take action on climate change;
• Develop the social and economic infrastructure of the North.