Libs’ big win
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PREMIER-elect Barry O’Farrell has claimed a mandate to implement sweeping reforms to transport and health, but admits being a little daunted about the coalition’s massive election victory.
In his first press conference since triumphing on Saturday night, Mr O’Farrell said he was still taken aback by the scale of the win, the biggest against a sitting government in Australia.
The coalition is likely to have 68 of the 93 seats in the state’s lower house, with Labor reduced to about 20 after a record state-wide swing of about 16 per cent.
Surrounded by his new western Sydney Liberal MPs who joined him in Parramatta, Mr O’Farrell promised to repay the trust placed in him by NSW voters.
‘‘ It is a trust that people have put in us, it’s a trust we’re determined to deliver on,’’ said Mr O’Farrell, who will this week be sworn in as the state’s 43rd premier.
With swings of up to 35 per cent in some seats and Labor heartlands such as in western Sydney largely falling to the Coalition, Mr O’Farrell admitted being shaken up.
‘‘ I think all of my colleagues, all of my frontbench colleagues, feel that enormous sense of honour and trust that people have placed in us,’’ he said.
‘‘ It’s exciting, but it is to some extent daunting.’’
Mr O’Farrell met yesterday afternoon with officials from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and with Nationals leader Andrew Stoner to start mapping out the new government’s first steps.
As promised during the campaign, Mr O’Farrell said one of his first priorities would be to conduct an audit of the state’s finances, while transport and health would also be a major focus.
Asked if he believed he could demand Canberra transfer the $ 2.1 billion in promised funding for the Parramatta-to-Epping link to his north-west rail project, Mr O’Farrell said: ‘‘ I don’t just think it, I now know it.
‘‘ We have a mandate to prioritise the infrastructure backlog we inherit.
‘‘ We have a mandate to get on and build that North West Rail Link, and we have a mandate to sit down with the Federal Government, to talk to them about putting money into the ( north-west rail project).’’
Mr O’Farrell also indicated that public sector jobs may be targeted, but added productivity was more important than numbers.
‘‘ I have always been of the view that it is not about how many but what they are doing,’’ he said.
‘‘ What . . . I am determined to ensure is that people who are in the jobs can actually deliver better services to people across this state.’’
MANDATE: New South Wales Premier-elect Barry O’Farrell with Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott