Michael Gunner was born in Alice Springs in 1976, the eldest of four children. He went to schools in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Darwin where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts degree from the then NT University. Between 2001 and 2008 he worked as a senior government ministerial and policy adviser to former Chief Minister Clare Martin and was elected to the NT Legislative Assembly for the seat of Fannie Bay following her retirement. The first Northern Territory local to become Chief Minister- he was sworn in on 31 August 2016 and announced his intention to resign as Chief Minister on May 10th 2022.
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