Charles Darwin University’s vice-chancellor says the former Labor Chief Minister Clare Martin is returning to the Northern Territory to take up a position at the University.
Clare Martin led Labor to its first electoral win in the Northern Territory in 2001 and was Chief Minister until 2007.
She has been based in Sydney for the past two years in the role of chief executive of the Australian Council of Social Service.
Vice Chancellor Barney Glover says Ms Martin is returning to serve as a professional fellow at the new Public and Social Policy Research Institute.
The ABC understands her role will include fostering relationships to develop strategic partnerships and identifying potential research opportunities.
Professor Glover says it will be a part-time role.
“Clare’s coming back, we are very excited about it,” Prof Glover said.
“It is a substantial part-time position at the moment because Clare has other interests at the moment that Clare has other interests as well that she wants to pursue both in the Northern Territory and nationally.
“It is a role that for us includes some research activity that Clare is very keen to get into to follow on from the work that she has been doing in the social justice and social services area.”
She will take up the position at Charles Darwin University in early August.
Wendy Morton from the NT Council of Social Services says she hopes Clare Martin will be able to fight for welfare reforms in the new role.
“It is certainly a loss for ACOSS and for NTCOSS to have Clare leave the sector, but I hope she will take all that experience that she has gained working for the sector into her new role,” Ms Morton said.