Luke John Gosling OAM (born 17 September 1971) is an Australian
politician and a retired
Australian Army soldier. Gosling has been the
Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party member for the Australian House of
Representatives seat of Solomon in the
Northern Territory since the
2016 federal election.
2 Political career
2.1 2013 election
2.2 2016 election
3 Personal life
5 External links
Gosling is the eldest of eight children. He has a Bachelor of Arts
in History and Politics from the University of New South Wales.
Gosling served in the
Australian Defence Force
Australian Defence Force for 13 years in the
Parachute Infantry, Commandos and Defence Cooperation Programs. He
served in Papua New Guinea,
Malaysia and Timor-Leste.
Gosling worked abroad in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia,
Timor-Leste after leaving the ADF. He co-founded Life,
Love and Health, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, an
Australian charity for Timor-Leste. For his work with the NGO, he was
awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2006 regarding relief work in
the 2006 humanitarian crisis. He received a Presidential Medal of
Merit from the President of
Timor-Leste in 2009.
Gosling established the Remote Area Health Corps in 2008. He has also
worked at Saint Vincent de Paul as a volunteer after serving as the
Darwin CEO of the organisation.
Gosling ran for the Darwin-based seat of Solomon as a Labor candidate
at the 2013 federal election, but was narrowly defeated by one-term
Country Liberal incumbent Natasha Griggs. Gosling received a 48.6
percent two-party vote after gaining a 0.4 percent two-party swing.
Gosling ran for Solomon again at the 2016 federal election with a far
better result − a 56 percent two-party vote after gaining a 7.4
percent two-party swing − easily defeating Griggs. He is the
second opposition member to hold Solomon.
A MediaReach seat-level opinion poll of 513 voters in Solomon
conducted one week prior to the Saturday 2 July 2016 election
surprisingly found Labor's Gosling heavily leading two-term Country
Natasha Griggs 61–39 on the two-party vote from a
large 12.4 percent swing.
Gosling made national headlines during the election campaign by using
photographs from his past army service in his campaign materials. The
Australian Defence Force
Australian Defence Force issued a directive to retract any advertising
showing him in military uniform. Gosling defended use of the
photographs, stating the claimed restrictions on their use did not
apply as he was "no longer a member of Defence".
Gosling is married and has two children.
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Northern Territory News. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
^ An independent poll shows Solomon MP
Natasha Griggs will struggle to
retain her seat at the federal election: NT News (News Ltd) 27 June
^ Sorensen, Hayley (8 June 2016). "Labor Solomon candidate Luke
Gosling told to take down campaign advertising showing him in military
uniform". NT News. NT News. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
^ "Election 2016: Labor's
Luke Gosling caught up in row over use of
army history in campaign material". Australian Broadcasting
Corporation. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
Parliament of Australia
Member for Solomon
Current members of the
Australian House of Representatives
Australian House of Representatives from the
Australian Capital and Northern Territories
Members from: New South Wales
Australian Capital and No