The Chief Minister is appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory, who in normal circumstances will appoint the head of whatever party holds the majority of seats in the legislature of the territory (in the Northern Territory, the Legislative Assembly). However, in times of constitutional crisis the Administrator can appoint someone else as Chief Minister.
|Chief Minister||Party||Period in office|
|Dr Goff Letts 1||Country Liberal Party||1974 - 1977|
|Paul Everingham||Country Liberal Party||1977 - 1984|
|Ian Tuxworth||Country Liberal Party||1984 - 1986|
|Stephen Hatton||Country Liberal Party||1986 - 1988|
|Marshall Perron||Country Liberal Party||1988 - 1995|
|Shane Stone||Country Liberal Party||1995 - 1999|
|Denis Burke||Country Liberal Party||1999 - 2001|
|Clare Martin||Australian Labor Party||2001 - 2007|
|Paul Henderson||Australian Labor Party||2007 - present|
Painkiller alert ; New Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda will have an agonising time in the hot seat, especially with mentor Yeddyurappa promising a comeback in only six months.
Aug 15, 2011; The battle may be lost, but former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa's barely conceived civil war has just picked up...