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Adam Giles

  • Australian politician
  • Born April 10, 1973

Adam Graham Giles (born 10 April 1973) is an Australian former politician and former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory (2013-2016) as well as the former leader of the Country Liberal Party (CLP) in the unicameral Northern Territory Parliament. Giles was the first head of government in Australia to have Indigenous Australian ancestry. Giles became a CLP member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly seat of Braitling at the 2008 election. The Terry Mills-led CLP opposition defeated the Paul Henderson-led Labor government at the 2012 election, winning 16 of 25 seats.


If someone comes to me, any community in the Northern Territory, with a viable economic future, and says, 'We want to be part of a bold new approach,' I'll put them down as a major project, and I'll do everything I can to help them out.




I have never declared myself an Indigenous politician; I am not an Indigenous Chief Minister.




People want development. Not everyone knows what it means. Same as jobs. Not everyone knows what a job is, but people want jobs.




I worked from 12 to 17, six years in a bakery. I was a pastry cook.




If you've got kids who aren't being looked after by their parents, there's only so many times you can try and intervene to get that right.



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