It was a tight race, by any standards.
But at the end of the day, Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s government was triumphant. And the Coalition’s win in the New South Wales state election has boosted hopes that Scott Morrison’s government can do the same on a federal level, primarily by focusing on its economic management credentials.
The results are in
Premier Berejiklian’s government return won 46 seats out of 93 — despite polls in the lead-up tipping in the favour of Labor, or towards a hung parliament.
And as we’re still seeing the same in the polls for the federal election, the NSW win has delivered a boost of confidence to the Morrison government, for the upcoming election in May.
Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter has said the outcome in NSW is the hope needed for a turn-around in Canberra.
‘This proves, if you like, the underlying confidence we’ve had. We believe this shows that the next election is absolutely winnable.’
And while the NSW Nationals have lost a bit of ground in the weekend election, they too remain hopeful.
Federal Nationals MP Darren Chester said,
‘The message out of NSW was, for the federal government in particular … don’t write us off.’
What’s next for the Libs?
In light of the NSW win, the Liberal-National coalition is reportedly planning on increasing their rural spending once the federal budget is handed down on 2 April — stirring support from regional and rural citizens, according to AAP.
And like the Berejiklian government, the Coalition is focusing on delivering a strong economy and budget position — reinvesting benefits into services and infrastructure.
‘That is precisely the model that we have been working on for six years,’ Mr Porter told reporters in Perth on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten believes the NSW election results are nothing to go by when it comes to the fate of the federal election.
That being said, he’s not taking anything for granted.
‘People are hungry for vision,’ he said in Melbourne.
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