O’Farrell warns NSW win is no certainty
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.