Paul Kirby is the NT Government’s Minister for Primary Industry and Resources. Prior to this he held the positions of Government Whip, and Assistant Minister for Buy Local and a Vibrant CBD.
Paul moved to Darwin from country South Australia in 1997 and settled in the Northern suburbs. He has three children, Alana, Jake and Layla. Alana and Jake attended schools in the northern suburbs and were both involved in team sports, while Layla, 2, is heavily involved in testing playgrounds and sampling local ice cream delights.
Paul began working as a Linesman with Power and Water in 1997. He was elected as a workplace representative by his colleagues, where he worked collaboratively with management to ensure those who couldn’t speak up for themselves had a strong, united voice.
In 2013, Paul left Power and Water to work for the Electrical Trades Union, where he advocated to and represented the interests of his members across the Territory. Throughout his roles Paul gained valuable experience in listening and consulting with Territorians, and working with all levels of government and industry towards the best possible outcomes for all.
Paul is especially passionate about helping young people when they first enter the workforce, addressing gender inequalities in the NT and ensuring there is adequate support in place for local workers and their families. He is dedicated to creating safe, local jobs for Territorians and, as Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, plays a role in many job-creating projects within his portfolio throughout the NT.
A keen sportsman, Paul has been involved in coaching Territory sports teams and programs, including cricket and AFL, across a range of age groups.
In 2016 Paul was preselected as the Labor candidate for Port Darwin ahead of the 2016 election. Labor had only won the seat once and, going into the 2016 election, the CLP had a notional majority of 9.7 percent after redistribution. On election night Paul won the seat with a swing of 12.5 percent.
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