NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner announces resignation
Posted On May 10, 2022
Northern Territory Chief Minister and Treasurer Michael Gunner has announced today he will be resigning from his role.
Gunner made the announcement in parliament, immediately after handing down the Territory’s budget.
He said his heart is no longer in the job and that he made the decision after the birth of his second child last week.
“My head and my heart are no longer here, they are at home,” Gunner said.
“I have grappled with this decision for some weeks and welcoming little Nash into the world sealed the deal.”
Gunner says as the budget heads towards surplus, it’s time for a new era of leadership.
His Deputy Nicole Manison will act as chief minister until a new government is sworn in on Friday.
“There is never a perfect time to step back, to walk away, to give others a go,” Gunner said.
“But for me, for my family, this feels like the right time.”
Gunner was first elected in the inner Darwin seat of Fannie Bay in 2008, which he says he will remain the member for.
He became Labor leader in 2015 and was elected chief minister the following year.