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Domestic violence view wrong: Gunner

AAP logoAAP 1/09/2016 Neda Vanovac

The Northern Territory's new NT Chief Minister has rejected Yolngu independent Yingiya Mark Guyula's claim domestic violence policies destroy families.

Mr Guyula is on track to defeat Michael Gunner's deputy in the seat of Nhulunbuy, as counting for Saturday's territory election continues.

The candidate this week said domestic violence orders were meted out by a legal system that favoured women.

"A lot of the time, women start the fighting and men end up in jail," he told News Corp.

Mr Gunner disagrees.

"I just cannot agree with that," he told Mix 104.9 FM in Darwin on Thursday.

"It's not the way it's been put to me by the men and women working with the scourge of family violence."

Mr Guyula is currently ahead by 22 votes in a tight contest with deputy Labor leader Lynne Walker, who has held Nhulunbuy since 2008.

Mr Gunner conceded it was going to be hard to retain the seat, after the electorate was expanded to take in communities previously covered by Independent MP for Arnhem,

Larisa Lee.

"It wasn't a surprise to us, we knew Mark was a strong candidate ... and Lynne was in a fight for her life," he said.

Ms Lee polled only 60 votes, which Mr Gunner said was "pretty much the worst result ever by a sitting member seeking re-election".

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