Australia's First Female Majority Government Is On Its Way

    In 1987 not a single woman was elected into the Northern Territory's parliament.

    Female parliamentarians have won 10 of the 19 seats that have been called in the Northern Territory's weekend election, which Labor won in a landslide.

    So far seven members of the predicted 18-seat Labor government are female, with another three tipped to join them. Votes are still being tallied for the 25-seat legislative assembly - six remain in doubt.

    Women only make up 32% of politicians federally despite a record number (73) of female politicians being elected at the latest federal election.

    Neda Vanovac / AAP

    Deputy NT Labor leader Lynne Walker, independents Larisa Lee and Robyn Lambley, Labor's Delia Lawrie, Natasha Fyles, Nicole Manison and Lauren Moss, and independent Alison Anderson.

    "It is fantastic for parliament to be seeing an increase of women in parliamentary positions," NT Labor MLA Lauren Moss told BuzzFeed News. "It is very exciting."

    Facebook/Lauren Moss / Via Facebook: moss4casuarina


    Moss said some of the first issues to be tackled by the new government would be youth justice and ride-sharing services.

    New chief minister Michael Gunner this month said he would introduce a bill to change the territory's Medical Services Act so more women, especially those in remote communities, could access medical abortion drug RU486.

    Moss said she would be in support of this legislation.

    "I think the act should be reflective of modern medical practices."

    Other likely incoming female MPs include Arnhem's Selena Uibo, Drysdale's Eva Lawler, Lynne Walker in Nhulunbuy and Natasha Fyles in Nightcliff.

    Facebook/Selena Uibo / Via Facebook: uibo4arnhem

    The Country Liberal party government conceded defeat to Labor soon after polls closed on Saturday night in what outgoing chief minister Adam Giles described as a "thumping".

    The counting continues.

    Gina Rushton is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

    Contact Gina Rushton at gina.rushton@buzzfeed.com.

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