Elected: Luke Gosling, Labor

About this seat

Covering metropolitan Darwin and Palmerston, Solomon is a marginal seat that could potentially go to the Country Liberals in the upcoming election. Luke Gosling has held the seat since 2016.

Did you know that in the Solomon electorate there are:

2081 people that are NDIS participants. 

1661 people have jobs that have been directly created as a result – Disability Support Workers, Physiotherapists, taxi drivers and so on.

830 people have jobs that have been indirectly created as a result – for example, the cafes where Disability Support Workers have lunch, the petrol stations where the taxi drivers fill up and the physio equipment suppliers.

The NDIS also invests $232,614,180 into the local area, and that is just the conservative amount measured, it could really be anywhere up to $574,356,000. 

That’s a lot of reasons to #DefendOurNDIS in Solomon! 

Election '22 candidates

Luke Gosling
Tina MacFarlane
Tayla Selfe
United Australia Party

Talking points/messaging

  • Support is being cut for many people with disability across Australia. Every day we hear a new story from someone who has had their NDIS funding slashed, without any explanation. This leaves them without the support they need to live their best lives.
  • This isn’t just about funding: it’s also about respecting and listening to people with disabilities.
  • People with disability, our families, and the people who support us are still struggling through the pandemic, and now we’re being forced to fight the system that was designed to make our lives easier.
  • The Federal Government now says the cost of the NDIS is blowing out – but they won’t release the basis of these claims.
  • Research conducted in 2021 found for every $1 spent on the NDIS, local communities benefited $2.25. That’s money straight into the pockets of local support workers, manufacturers and small businesses.
  • Australians with disability who rely on the scheme to visit family and friends, get support to work, or simply shower, eat and get into bed at the end of a long day – we cannot afford to live without the NDIS they fought so hard for.
Banner with National Day of Action, Tuesday April 28th with Defend Our NDIS shield

Day of Action - local events in this seat

Our National Day of Action on Thursday, April 28 is a time when everyone – whether you’re an individual or an organisation – is welcome to host your own events and activities (or join in on someone else’s) all across the country. Because together we are powerful!

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Defend Our NDIS Big Night In

Catch up with people from all over the country online, to hear about what everyone got up to after our efforts on the National Day of Action. And help us all keep up the energy and come up with ideas to keep the pressure on our pollies this election.

Date: 28 April | Time: 7 pm - 9 pm (AEST)

Location: Online

Organisation/host: Every Australian Counts, Teamwork Works

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Defend Early Childhood Intervention Through NDIS

Online meeting with the Team to reflect on the importance of NDIS for young children and families.

Date: 28th April | Time: 2.00


Organisation/host: EarlyEd

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Defend the NDIS: A Sort Your Support online forum

Sort Your Support is hosting a forum with people with disability and their supporters to discuss how the NDIS can be fixed. The NDIS should be something to be proud of, a rights based funding system to enable people with disability to live an ordinary life. The NDIS in its current form is not what was promised. Funding has been cut from plans, wait times are getting longer, and people are needing to fight NDIS lawyers to get the support they need. Something has to change.

Date: April 28 | Time: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM AEST

Location: Online (Zoom)

Organisation/host: Sort Your Support

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Darwin: Defend Our NDIS Event

The event will open with a welcome to country followed by talks by people living with disability. There will then be a panel discussion with federal election candidates moderated by Somerville CEO Lawson Broad. There will also be a free barbecue. No registration needed, all are welcome.

The event location is subject to change due to rain. Please check back here for updates.

Date: 28 April | Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (ACST)

Location: Raintree Park Smith St Mall Darwin, NT 0801

Organisation/host: Somerville, Carpentaria, Team Health, HPA

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Or call: 0419438423

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