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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 44)
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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54 news items

The Guardian

The Guardian
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:18:56 -0800

Ken Vowles, the member for Johnston, said the most popular person in the chamber was going to get the flick so the government could get a tick of approval on anything it wanted. He, too, suggested there were friends of Purick in government who were not ...

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)

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, 07 Oct 2015 22:36:27 -0700

The ABC understands Mr Snowdon was referring to the seat of Johnston, where Brian Manning had nominated to contest Labor preselection against the sitting member Ken Vowles. The administrative committee voted on Saturday to endorse Mr Vowles and ...

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, 02 Oct 2015 17:10:09 -0700

Embattled former Northern Territory Labor leader Delia Lawrie is facing a tough preselection contest against Indigenous leader Ngaree Ah Kit amid disquiet within Labor ranks about Ms Lawrie's reputation harming the party's election chances. The ...

NT News

NT News
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 23:29:22 -0700

“It's important that the Government prepares for the introduction of Uber to the Northern Territory,” said Labor transport spokesman Ken Vowles. “It's coming, make no mistake. The current legislation is completely incapable of dealing with Uber and ...


Thu, 23 Jul 2015 06:58:23 -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 ...

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