The Hon Michael Gunner MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Michael Gunner is Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and Member for Fannie Bay in the NT Legislative Assembly.
A fourth generation Australian born in Alice Springs in 1976, Michael is proud the NT has developed as Australia’s economic and cultural gateway to Asia and a strategically important defence hub.
As Minister for Trade and Major Projects and Minister for Northern Australia Michael is focused on strengthening business-to-business and people-to-people links and boosting trade with other countries, particularly those in Asia.
His Government has implemented a transformative agenda and delivered economic certainty through a 10-year infrastructure plan and establishing a regulatory environment that supports investment to mobilise a large experienced local workforce.
Michael sees the NT’s future as strongly contributing to improving both national and global energy security, including by supplying gas to the eastern seaboard.
With the Territory’s globally significant onshore and offshore energy reserves, his Government’s policies reinforce the NT’s position as a world-class oil and gas supply and service hub.
Michael believes the Australian Defence Force and US Marines will play a significant role in the Northern Territory in the upcoming years and is a strong supporter of the men and women in Australia’s armed forces.
The eldest of four children, Michael was educated in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Darwin and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Northern Territory University before being elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly in 2008 as the Member for Fannie Bay.
On 31 August 2016, Michael was sworn in as the first Chief Minister to have been born in the Northern Territory, after leading Labor to a landslide election victory.
Since taking office Michael has focused on creating jobs, restoring trust in Government, investing in children, empowering the bush and building strong and safe communities.
As the Territory’s first Minister for Treaty, Michael has passionately advocated a Treaty with Aboriginal Territorians that will be an overarching roadmap of how First Australians and the NT Government work together, stipulating rights and responsibilities for all, and delivering recognition, reconciliation, respect and reparation.
He is married to journalist Kristy O’Brien.
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