Yes, no surprise there. We have a new premier in NSW.
What is a surprise is the less than anticipated Greens result.
A spectacular night for the New South Wales Coalition has turned into a disappointment for the Greens. The Greens had been hoping to celebrate the party’s first ever seats in the New South Wales House of Assembly. But despite being heavily favoured in two inner Sydney electorates, the party could easily come away from today’s state election without winning either.
Outgoing Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt is tipped to win her seat of Marrickville over Greens candidate Fiona Byrne, who is also the Marrickville Mayor. With more than 60 per cent of primary votes counted Ms Tebbutt had just under 40 per cent of the vote while Ms Byrne had just over 35.
"At this stage I still haven’t won Marrickville… I can’t yet even say whether I’ll even be in the parliament. I am hopeful," Ms Tebbutt said.
The result is too close to call in the neighbouring electorate of Balmain…
I suggested yesterday that Noreen Hay could be out of a job. It’s looking very likely with an enormous swing against her and in favour of Uniting Church minister Gordon Bradbery (right). Fred Nile and the Christian Democrat types are not fond of Mr Bradbery.
- Last Updated: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 22:31:15
- Roll: 50,519
- Votes Counted: 69.1%
- Booths Counted Primary Vote: 29/29
- Booths Counted 2CP: 29/29
The two-party preferred result thus far is Bradbery 50.2% and Hay 49.8%.