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Michael Gunner is an Australian politician and was the 11th Chief Minister of the Northern Territory from 2016 to 2022. He is a Labor member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, having held his seat of Fannie Bay in Darwin since the retirement of then Chief Minister Clare Martin at the 2008 election.
Gunner was elected Labor leader in the Northern Territory, becoming Leader of the Opposition, in April 2015. He led Labor to a landslide victory in the 2016 Northern Territory election. He was sworn in on 31 August, the first Northern Territory Chief Minister to have been born there. Gunner led Labor to another victory in the 2020 election, albeit with a reduced majority. On 10 May 2022, Gunner announced his intention to resign the position of Chief Minister.
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Michael Patrick Francis Gunner was born on January 6, 1976 (age 47 years) in Alice Springs, Australia. He is the eldest of four children of Mick Gunner and Jane Gunner. His great-grandfather settled in Tennant Creek in the 1930s from Tbilisi in Georgia, fleeing the country after the Russian Revolution. He has indigenous relatives in Utopia north of Alice Springs.
Gunner went to school in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Darwin. He began a law degree at Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University), switching to a Bachelor of Arts degree which he completed. He supported himself by working at retail chain Big W and as an electorate officer. He has represented the Territory in rugby union. Gunner went on to work as a senior government ministerial and policy adviser between 2001 and 2008 to former Chief Minister Clare Martin.
Michael Gunner was elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly for the Electoral division of Fannie Bay in 2008 after the retirement of Chief Minister Clare Martin at the 2008 election. The election saw Gunner retain the seat for the Labor Party by only a slight margin, over Garry Lambert, former alderman and acting Lord Mayor.
Gunner failed to win the leadership of NTLP in 2013. On April 19, 2015, Gunner announced he would stand for the leadership of the Northern Territory Labor Party against incumbent Delia Lawrie, who was facing criticism of her conduct during an inquiry into the gifting of heritage property Stella Maris to Unions NT while she was a minister. Four days later, Lawrie resigned and Gunner was elected unopposed as the leader.
He held the portfolios of Major Projects, Northern Australia Development, Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Open and Transparent Government and Business and was Shadow Treasurer. Gunner moved a Motion of No Confidence against the Adam Giles Government on 1 December 2015 but was unsuccessful.
Labor went into the 2016 territory election as unbackable favourites, with Northern Territory opinion polls indicating a massive swing against the CLP. Additionally, at the 2016 federal election held two months earlier, Labor picked up a healthy seven-point swing in the Territory, and took the federal seat of Solomon—which is largely coextensive with the Darwin/Palmerston area—off the CLP in a large swing.
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At the 27 August Territory election, Michael Gunner led Territory Labor to one of the most comprehensive election victories on record at the state or territory level in Australia. Labor won 18 seats in the 25-member Legislative Assembly on a swing of over 14 percent, the largest two-party swing on record in the Territory. En route, Labor took all but one seat in Darwin/Palmerston, and even ousted Giles in his own seat—only the second time that a Majority Leader/Chief Minister had been rolled in his own electorate.
The CLP was cut down to just two seats − the worst defeat of a sitting government in the Territory’s history, and among the worst ever suffered by a state or territory government in Australia. Gunner declared that Territorians had “rejected the chaos of the last four years”, in part a reference to the numerous reshuffles that had taken place during the previous government, including multiple leadership spills.
Normal practice in Australia calls for a defeated government to stay in office on a caretaker basis until the final results are in. However, with Labor’s victory beyond doubt even though counting continued until early September, Gunner arranged to have Administrator John Hardy swear himself, Natasha Fyles, and Nicole Manison as an interim three-person government until all prospective ministers were confirmed as elected. Accordingly, Gunner was sworn in as Chief Minister on 31 August 2016.
Michael Gunner held 38 portfolios in the three-person ministry in contrast to Manison solely as Treasurer and Fyles as just Attorney General and Justice Minister. His full ministry was selected on 11 September and sworn in the next day, with Manison as his Deputy Chief Minister after former deputy leader Lynne Walker was narrowly defeated in her own seat. Notably, a majority of the new cabinet -five of its eight members − were women.
Gunner entered office in a formidable position. He won the third-largest majority government in Territory history (just percentage points behind Labor’s 2005 landslide), and faced only two CLP members as opposition − fewer than the five independents in the chamber. Although Labor was technically the only official party in the legislature, Gunner pledged that the CLP would be properly resourced as an opposition.
Despite Labor’s massive majority, Gunner retained CLP-turned-independent Kezia Purick as Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly for a second term. A perennial election issue, Labor removed the CLP’s open speed limit and implemented a 130 km/h speed limit along a 300 km stretch of the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek.
Michael Gunner ordered a moratorium on fracking, and also undertook a review of all water licenses issued under the previous government. The moratorium commenced on 14 September. On 17 April 2018, the moratorium was revoked. Gunner has expressed support for Chinese government investment in the Northern Territory in the form of the Belt and Road Initiative.
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Gunner led Territory Labor through the 2020 NT election. Labor heavily centered their campaign around Gunner’s leadership and government handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, even going as far to say the election was, “literally the difference between life and death,” which drew criticism from his opponents. Before the election, opinion polls suggested that Labor would suffer an almost certain swing against them, with the newcomer Territory Alliance party posing a serious threat to the typical two-party system that has dominated NT politics.
Nevertheless, on election night, ABC psephologist Antony Green projected that Labor would win at least a minority government almost three hours after the polls closed. Gunner later declared victory an hour later, saying that he was “very confident” that Labor had won another term, with the Country Liberals refusing to concede defeat on election night.
Ultimately, Gunner led Labor to win 14 of the 25 seats in the Legislative Assembly. Labor suffered a net four-seat drop from the 2016 landslide, but retained a bare majority of two seats. Labor grabbed all but two seats in the Darwin/Palmerston area, even managing to oust Territory Alliance leader and former CLP Chief Minister Terry Mills from his own seat of Blain. The CLP, under Lia Finocchiaro, managed to snatch some of its usual heartland seats in Alice Springs and Katherine back from Labor that were swept away amid the massive 2016 landslide, allowing it to quadruple its seat count to eight.
Michael Gunner announced his new cabinet on 7 September 2020. Gunner himself dropped half of his portfolios in favour of Treasurer, a portfolio once held by Manison. Like his previous cabinets, a majority of the members are women – outnumbering men 6 to 3.
In October 2021, the United States Senator from Texas Ted Cruz posted a tweet that was critical of the Northern Territory’s vaccine mandates. Gunner’s response to the tweet went viral quickly. On 10 May 2022, Gunner announced his resignation from his positions as the NT Chief Minister and Treasurer, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
Michael Gunner is married to Kristy O’Brien, they had their wedding on December 3, 2017. His wife is an ABC journalist. He was previously married to his first wife. The couple has two sons, born in 2020 and 2022. In late January 2020, it was reported that Gunner would undergo heart surgery, after suffering a heart attack earlier in the month which had originally been described as a “minor heart scare”. He stands at an appealing height of 1.75m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.
Michael Gunner net worth
How much is Michael Gunner worth? Michael Gunner net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his career as a politician. Gunner salary with other career earnings is over $400,000+ annually. His successful career has earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential politicians in Australia.