The Northern Territory news Mon 29 Aug 2016
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06 NEWS MONDAY AUGUST 29 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Women set to make history THE Territory is on the verge of making national history with its new parliament, which will contain a record number of female politicians. The number of female members of the 25-seat Legislative Assembly has been climbing since 1987, when there was not a single woman elected as a member of parliament, to the most recent parliament, which had 11 female members. Of the 25-seat Legislative Assembly, Saturdays election has resulted in 19 seats effectively decided for the class of 2016, and 10 of them or 53 per cent are held by women. Of the six seats that are still too close to call, female candidates may yet triumph in three of them, which would give the NT the first majority female parliament of any Australian jurisdiction. Of the so-far 15-seat Labor government, seven members are female, with possibly another three to join them. Re-elected Labor MLA Nicole Manison said the high representation shows that Labor is inclusive and not all talk. I thoroughly believe your parliament should be a reflection of your population, she said yesterday. I think were setting a great example ... its ultimately going to lead to better decision-making around policy and around the performance of government. Speaker Kezia Purick has also been re-elected, now independent after winning the last election with the Country Liberals. Four female MLAs left the former government to become independent, as well as a former chief minister, a former party president, and the Mayor of Katherine, citing a toxic boys club culture within the CLP. Ms Purick said higher female representation wouldnt change political debate in substance but it would be a stylistic shift. This is what the public saw: boofy boys who just rabbited on and just alienated women and men ... it was a style that wasnt in step with contemporary standards, she said of her former colleagues. You wont get the tall, robust men yelling across the chamber Im not saying women cant yell, they do but youll actually get a different style of debate. New Member for Sanderson Kate Worden and Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo will be among record numbers of women in the NT Parliament Picture: IVAN RACHMAN We took our system down as a precautionary step to protect Australians data. Were sorry for the inconvenience. The online form is running smoothly and securely. Your data is safe. Please complete it online or in paper form now. You will not be fined for completing the Census after Census night. If you have your Census letter and would like to order a paper form, please call our automated paper form request service on 1300 820 275. Its open 24 hours. If you havent received your households Census materials, a Field Officer will visit you soon. Remember, the Census helps plan for Australias future. For more information, please visit the Census website. PLEASE COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS. THERES STILL TIME TO COMPLETE YOUR CENSUS.