Speaker Ngaree Ah Kit has been selected by the Labor caucus as the newest Cabinet minister in the Fyles Government.
Portfolios for the nine ministers have yet to be publicly revealed but are expected on Monday.
Member for Karama Ms Ah Kit will vacate the Speaker chair, leaving that position open, which sources say Joel Bowden, who is currently deputy Speaker, is the frontrunner to fill.
Ms Ah Kit was selected to join Cabinet by her caucus colleagues, ahead of government whip Mark Monaghan after the position came open due to former chief minister Michael Gunner resigning to sit on the back bench.
Chief Minister Natasha Fyles issued a statement Friday morning acknowledging Ms Ah Kit’s promotion to the front bench, but made no mention of what she would bring to the Cabinet team.
“On Monday, all cabinet members will be sworn in by the Administrator as the new ministry of the 14th Legislative Assembly,” Ms Fyles said.
“Our united and stable team will continue our focus on our first priority – serving Territorians.”
Ms Ah Kit, who has been widely criticised for her performance as Speaker in failing to maintain order in the House, said it “was an honour to be selected by my peers” for the Cabinet role.
“I am looking forward to my new role, and will embrace portfolios and duties required of me,” she said in a statement.
“I’m proud to acknowledge my dad’s legacy that he left serving Territorians for 10 years, and I look forward to creating my own.
“I thank my constituents and look forward to representing them and all Territorians.”
Ms Ah Kit’s father was John Ah Kit, a respected Labor figure, who served as the first Indigenous minister in the NT Parliament during the Clare Martin government.