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Unseating an incumbent: not easy but not impossible

 

 

Mayor of Alice Springs Damien Ryan has only served one term and has time on his side for a return to office in the March elections. Only once in the 41 year history of the Alice Springs Town Council has an incumbent mayor been defeated. That was in 1992 when the former Assistant Commissioner of the NT Police Andy McNeill unseated Mayor Leslie Oldfield, who had campaigned on her impressive track record but offered no new policies. This unique event is analysed for the lessons it may have for the current mayoral contest by long-time observer of Alice Springs and NT politics, ALEX NELSON.

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