Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner QUITS to spend more time with his family


Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner QUITS to spend more time with his family

The Northern Territory’s chief minister Michael Gunner has announced he’s quitting politics as he wants to spend more time with his family after the birth of his second child. 

The state’s leader and his wife Kristy O’Brien welcomed their second son, Nash Michael Huckleberry Gunner, on April 29.  

‘This morning I announced my resignation as the Territory’s Chief Minister,’ he wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.

‘There is never a perfect time to step back, walk away, and give others a go. But for me and my family, this feels like the right time.

‘The birth our second child a few weeks ago confirmed something for me. My head and my heart are no longer in the job. They are at home.’

The Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison will continue serving as Acting Chief Minister while a new parliamentary Labor leader is determined in coming days and a new government can be sworn in. 

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner (pictured with his wife Kristy O’Brien and son Hudson ‘Huddy’ Thomas Gunner) has announced his resignation

Mr Gunner said he had grappled with the decision for some weeks, but ‘welcoming little Nash into the world sealed the deal’.

The couple’s first son, Hudson, was born in 2020. 

Last month, Mr Gunner shared news of his second child’s arrival in a gushing Facebook post.

‘Yesterday Kristy, Hudson and I were overjoyed to welcome Nash Michael Huckleberry Gunner to the family,’ he wrote.

‘Nash is a big, happy lad at 3.8kgs (or just over 8 pounds) and 48 cm, with very strong lungs and a healthy appetite.

‘Hudson has been very gentle and loving when holding his new brother.’

Mr Gunner announced the arrival of the couple's second son in a post on Facebook (pictured)

Mr Gunner announced the arrival of the couple’s second son in a post on Facebook (pictured)

More to come. 

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