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Division of Namatjira

History

The division was created for the first Legislative Assembly election in 1974. Formerly known as MacDonnell after the MacDonnell Ranges, the division was renamed Namatjira at the 2011 redistribution. Albert Namatjira was a pioneer of contemporary Aboriginal Australian art, who was awarded the Queen’s Coronation Medal (1953), and was the first Aboriginal artist to win the prestigious Archibald Prize (1956). In 1957, Namatjira became the first Aboriginal person to be granted restricted Australian citizenship, which allowed him to vote. The 2015 redistribution saw Namatijira gain areas south of Heavitree Gap from the division of Araluen and areas east of Alice Springs from the abolished division of Greatorex. Areyonga, Haasts Bluff, Hermannsburg, Kintore, Mount Liebig, Papunya, Wallace Rockhole and surrounding communities moved to the division of Stuart.

Location

This division is bounded by the Queensland, South Australia and West Australia borders and extends across the Northern Territory to the north of Alice Springs. The division includes the communities of Amoonguna, Ampilatwatja, Aputula, Arlparra, Atitjere (Harts Range), Kaltukatjara, Santa Teresa, and Yulara.

Members

MemberAffiliationPeriod
C J PaechALP2016 - Present
A AndersonCLP/IND2012 - 2016
A AndersonALP2005 - 2012
J W ElferinkCLP1997 - 2005
N R BellALP1981 - 1997
N G PerkinsALP1977 - 1981
D L PollockCLP1974 - 1977