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In Australia, a Chief Minister is the head of government of a self-governing territory, while the head of government of a state is a Premier.

The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory is appointed by the Administrator, 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 Territorymarker, the Legislative Assembly). However, in times of constitutional crisis the Administrator can appoint someone else as Chief Minister.

The incumbent Chief Minister of the Northern Territory is Paul Henderson, representing the Australian Labor Party since 2007.

Chief Ministers of the Northern Territory

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

1 While the Northern Territory Legislative Assemblymarker was created in 1974, self-government was not granted until 1978. As a result, members of the executive in the first parliament (1974-1977) and the first eighteen months of the second were known by alternative titles. While Dr Goff Letts and his successor Paul Everingham were officially known as Majority Leaders, their function was effectively the same as that of a Chief Minister from 1978.

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