NOVA Peris has easily survived a top level ALP ballot to select her as the No. 1 Senate candidate in the Northern Territory.
A vote today of Labor's national executive saw Ms Peris receive 19 votes, news.com.au reports. Incumbent senator Trish Crossin, whom she will replace, received just two votes.
The result underlines that senior party figures have defied unrest over the elevation of the former Olympian to protect Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the chief sponsor of Ms Peris.
"You don't roll the leader (on an internal matter) in an election year,'' said one Labor source.
However, there is significant discontent in the Northern Territory over the removal of Senator Crossin and one of Ms Gillard's closest allies, MP for the NT seat of Lingiari Warren Snowdon, today said he had not known in advance about the plan to impose Nova Peris.
And Senator Crossin is expected to make clear her anger at being shoved aside.
Ms Peris credited the "surviving instinct'' of her family for her success as she greeted the national executive's decision in Darwin.
She said the personal attacks had been hurtful but she had thick skin.
"The process is what people are angry about, but I got a tap on the shoulder from the Prime Minister,'' she said.
Her task now will be to rescue Labor's fortunes in the Territory after the Indigenous vote last year removed a Labor government. And she is expected to build on her work for the Aboriginal community before she gained Labor pre-selection.
"I was a young girl that dreamt big, one that succeeded when everyone else said I could not,'' she said today.
"I've been a single mother, lived in Housing Commission homes, and I understand what the average Australian is up against. My life has been about building things up, not tearing things down.
"My life has been about my people and my country.''
Ms Peris said over 20 years she had worked to increase opportunities for Aboriginal children, campaigned against "chronic diseases" in Aboriginal communities, and helped support the education of hundreds of Aboriginal women.
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