As counting for the seat of Lingiari finishes Yingiya is fifth behind Labor, the CLP, the Greens and the Shooter Fisher Farmers. This is an achievement in itself, gaining over 4% of the total vote. However in targeted areas the outcome was far better, and this bodes well for our real aim of winning the seat of Nhulunbuy in the coming Territory elections.
Mobile polling team 5 results were most revealing. In the locations of Galiwinku, Ramingining and Milingimbi (the heart of the Nhulunbuy electorate) Yingiya received 786 votes with the closest participant gaining only 183. A result like this asserts Yingiya's legitimacy as a candidate for the electorate of Nhulunbuy and highlights the real possibility that Yingiya's support base will vote him into the NT Parliament on the 27th of August.
New voting laws in the NT, creating a no campaign area of 100m around the polls, will favour the incumbent in August. Non-the-less Yinigiya's success in Lingiari projects a little hope for Indigenous self-determination and self-governance in the Territory.
For all those who have struggled under successive Australian and NT government regimes of takeover and control, helping with one hand and taking more with the other, we can only hope the Lingiari outcome provides a little encouragement for you.