• Labor's Chansey Paech, Ngaree Ah Kit, Dheran Young, Selina Uibo and Lawrence Costa (Facebook: Chansey Paech)Source: Facebook: Chansey Paech
Labor's Dheran Young has become the sixth Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander member of the Territory's parliament after a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.
NITV Staff Writer

23 Sep 2021 - 8:27 AM  UPDATED 23 Sep 2021 - 8:27 AM

The Northern Territory parliament now has six First Nations members after Labor's Dheran Young was sworn in on Wesnesday.

It was a festive and colourful affair as family and friends celebrated the event with traditional song, dance and body painting. 

With his induction, the number of First Nations representatives currently in the territory's political body rises to six, the most ever for any state or federal parliament. 

He joins Labor contingent Chansey Paech, Ngaree Ah Kit, Selina Uibo and Lawrence Costa, as well as Independent member Mark Yingiya Guyula.

Yaegl man Young won a decisive and historic victory just over a week ago, winning the Daly seat from the opposition for the incumbent Labor government, the first such victory ever achieved at a by-election. 

The Northern Territory has a strong history of First Nations representation, with a total of 22 Indigenous members elected since 1974. It's more than three times the number of next-best WA (seven). 

At the federal level, Labor's Linda Burney and the Liberal Party's Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt are the only two First Nations representatives. 

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