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Luke John Gosling OAM (born 17 September 1971) is an Australian politician and a retired Australian Army
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
Northern Territory
since the 2016 federal election.

Contents

1 Background 2 Political career

2.1 2013 election 2.2 2016 election

3 Personal life 4 References 5 External links

Background[edit] Gosling is the eldest of eight children.[1] He has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from the University of New South Wales.[2] 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
Malaysia
and Timor-Leste.[1] Gosling worked abroad in countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, Albania and Timor-Leste
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.[3] He received a Presidential Medal of Merit from the President of Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste
in 2009.[2] 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. Political career[edit] 2013 election[edit] 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.[4] 2016 election[edit] 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.[5][6] 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 Liberal incumbent Natasha Griggs 61–39 on the two-party vote from a large 12.4 percent swing.[7] 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.[8] 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".[9] Personal life[edit] Gosling is married and has two children.[1] References[edit]

^ a b c "LUKE GOSLING". Labor. Australian Labor Party. Retrieved 2 July 2016.  ^ a b "Luke Gosling". Linkedin. Linkedin. Retrieved 3 July 2016.  ^ "GOSLING, Luke John". It's an Honour – Australia Celebrating Australians. Australian Government. Retrieved 2 July 2016.  ^ "NT DIVISION – SOLOMON". Australian Electoral Commission. Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2 July 2016.  ^ Solomon, NT – Tally Room: Australian Electoral Commission Archived 12 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. ^ " Northern Territory
Northern Territory
residents turn out to vote in federal election". Northern Territory
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 2016 ^ 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. 

External links[edit]

Official Website

Parliament of Australia

Preceded by Natasha Griggs Member for Solomon 2016–present Incumbent

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Current members of the Australian House of Representatives
Australian House of Representatives
from the Australian Capital and Northern Territories

Labor (4)

Gai Brodtmann Luke Gosling Andrew Leigh Warren Snowdon

Members from: New South Wales Victoria Queensland Western Australia South Australia Tasmania Australian Capital and No

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