The boy from Alice who became Chief Minister of the Northern Territory........

28th Aug 2016

Michael Gunner was born in Alice Springs in 1976, the eldest of four children, to Mick and Jane Gunner.

 His great-grandfather settled in Tennant Creek in the 1930s from Tbilisi in Georgia, fleeing the country after the Russian Revolution.

 He has indigenous relatives in Utopia north of Alice Springs.

Gunner went to school in Alice Springs,Tennant Creek and Darwin. He began a law degree before  switching to a Bachelor of Arts degree which he completed.

He supported himself by working at retail chain Big W and as an electorate officer. He has represented the Territory in rugby union. Gunner went on to work as a senior government ministerial and policy adviser between 2001 and 2008 to former Chief Minister Clare Martin

He is currently engaged to ABC journalist Kristy O'Brien. 

Michael spoke with Paul Wiles shortly after being appointed Opposition leader.