22 January 2020
The Opposition has today remembered the life of CLP stalwart and former Chief Minister Ian Tuxworth, who passed away yesterday in Perth.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a passionate Territorian who devoted his life to his electorate, and was a formidable force in getting the Territory to self-government.
Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said Mr Tuxworth was the second Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, and was instrumental in shaping the Territory to what it is today.
“The messages coming from the community are a testament to the person Ian was, and the passion he had for the Territory and Tennant Creek where he grew up, and later held a seat in Parliament for Barkly for 16 years,” he said.
“Pioneering politicians like Ian can be thanked for the lifestyle we have today, and self-government, which Territorians hold close to their heart. He was a big part of the Territory gaining self-government, and that’s something Territorians will never forget.
“He also played a key role in getting the Territory going, creating jobs, and setting a standard which is still followed in today’s CLP.”
Vale Ian Tuxworth.