O’Far­rell warns NSW win is no cer­tainty

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

THE man heav­ily favoured to be NS W premier af­ter the state elec­tion isn’t tak­ing vic­tory for granted, de­spite more polls point­ing to a coali­tion land­slide.

The Barry O’Far­rell-led op­po­si­tion will sweep to a his­toric vic­tory at to­day’s elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to two more polls pub­lished yes­ter­day.

But Mr O’Far­rell has warned vot­ers not to rely on oth­ers to ‘‘ end the night­mare’’ of 16 years of La­bor gov­ern­ment, in a ral­ly­ing cry for voter sup­port in all 93 state seats. ‘‘ You can’t have a change of gov­ern­ment, there can’t be a Lib­eral Nati onal gov­ern­ment un­less there is change in in­di­vid­ual seats that are not cur­rently held by the NSW Lib­er­als and Na­tion­als,’’ he told re­porters in the west­ern Syd­ney sub­urb of Pen­rith, won by the Lib­er­als in a by­elec­tion last June.

‘‘ Ev­ery elec­tion, the un­de­cided walk­ing into a polling place are able to de­ter­mine the out­come, to change the out­come,’’ he said.

‘ ‘ We take noth­ing for granted. The idea of La­bor be­ing in power for 20 years is far be­yond the imag­i­na­tion of most peo­ple, but it’s still alive.’’

The op­po­si­tion leader said he did not ‘‘ put a lot of store’’ in the lat­est Newspoll and Galaxy polls, say­ing ‘‘ La­bor is still in this race’’.

Never has a state elec­tion re­sult been more cer­tain than for to­day’s poll.

Both polls yes­ter­day showed vot­ers had not re­turned to La­bor, de­spite the strong seven-week cam­paign run by Premier Kristina Ke­neally. The Newspoll, pub­lished in The Aus­tralian, shows La­bor’s pri­mary vote at a lowly 23 per cent against 50 per cent for the Coali­tion.

The coali­tion leads La­bor on a two-party ba­sis by 64 to 36 per cent, im­ply­ing a swing of about 16 per cent.

The Galaxy poll was even worse, show­ing the gov­ern­ment’s pri­mary vote at 22 per cent, with the coali­tion on 51 per cent. On a two-party ba­sis, the coali­tion is ahead by a thump­ing 66 to 34 per­cent, im­ply­ing as win g around 18 per cent.

Barry O’Far­rell

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