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Ken Vowles
Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
for Johnston
Assumed office
25 August 2012
Preceded by Chris Burns
Personal details
Born Kenneth Edward Vowles
(1971-09-29) 29 September 1971 (age 43)
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Cricketer

Kenneth Edward "Ken" Vowles (born 29 September 1971) is an Australian politician and former cricketer from the Northern Territory.

Born in Darwin, Vowles attended the Australian Cricket Academy on a scholarship from 1989 to 1990, during which time he toured internationally with the Australian Under-19 team.[1] As an Under-19 player, Vowles held the record for the fastest century scored at the Melbourne Cricket Ground until the record was broken by Viv Richards.[2]

In 2008, Vowles contested the seat of Blain as an Australian Labor Party candidate at that year's Territory general election, although he was defeated by Terry Mills, then future Chief Minister. He nominated to contest the seat of Johnston in the 2012 election, although a controversy emerged when the Labor Party threatened the Northern Territory News with legal action to prevent the newspaper from publishing a story about Vowles' spent assault conviction from a fight in 1992 (Labor leader Paul Henderson had previously been critical of another candidate for not disclosing a manslaughter conviction).[3]

Vowles was elected as member for Johnston, although the Henderson government was defeated by the Country Liberal Party.[4]


  1. ^ Ken Vowles (Australia), Cricinfo.
  2. ^ Territory cricket identity Ken Vowles drops into The Guestroom, The Guestroom (105.7 ABC Darwin), 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ Arnost, Melanie: Labor candidate's assault conviction causes stir, ABC News, 14 August 2012.
  4. ^ Results: NT General Election, Northern Territory Electoral Commission, 25 August 2012.

External links[edit]

Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Chris Burns
Member for Johnston

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44 news items

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 02:45:22 -0700

Ken Vowles echoed the Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda's view on Wednesday that Matthew Alexander's sentence was questionable. "I had people call my office complaining about that as well," Mr Vowles said. "It's a serious issue and I urge the DPP ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Mon, 13 Apr 2015 20:17:23 -0700

Labor MLA Ken Vowles said he was prepared to challenge for the party's leadership. Ms Lawrie, on returning to Darwin from a trip to Groote Eylandt with other Labor MLAs, told reporters she "wasn't surprised" Mr Vowles put his hand up. She said Mr ...
ABC Online (blog)
Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:26:13 -0800

Ken Vowles made his mark as a young player in the Australian Under 19s, going on to play in the UK and in Malaysia as well. He made a record for scoring the fastest century at the MCG (only to be eclipsed by none other than Viv Richards!), batted ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:36:43 -0700

Also on the shadow cabinet are Ken Vowles, Nicole Manison and Lauren Moss. Mr Gunner denied any deals were made with Ms Walker to secure her support in the leadership battle. "There were no deals made. Today caucus met and unanimously elected ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 01:43:29 -0700

Opposition Leader Ken Vowles from the Labor Party planned to deliver signed letters on behalf of the group to NT Chief Minister Adam Giles and Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion. Protests are being held around Australia and overseas by ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:06:29 -0700

The Northern Territory Government has called on Opposition Leader Delia Lawrie to resign rather than face a month-long leadership tussle. The Labor caucus unanimously called for a leadership spill on Wednesday, and senior frontbencher Michael Gunner ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 14 Apr 2015 19:50:39 -0700

A majority of his colleagues had asked him to stand for leadership, and Ken Vowles – whose announcement on Tuesday that he would potentially stand sparked the spill – had endorsed his candidacy, Gunner said. “I want to lead a Labor team that will ...

ABC Online

ABC Online
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:53:26 -0700

Embattled Northern Territory Labor leader Delia Lawrie is being investigated by police for her conduct during the Stella Maris inquiry. The investigation comes after a Supreme Court judge found Ms Lawrie deliberately undermined the public inquiry so ...

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