THE swing in the NSW election is one of the biggest in Australian political history, giving Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell a thumping majority as premier. The state's parliamentary Labor Party has been reduced to a rump – a rump that is today leaderless, with Premier Kristina Keneally saying she will quit as ALP leader. And it wasn't a particularly good day for the Greens and the independents. The Greens now appear unlikely to pick up a seat in the lower house after the Coalition opter to preference Labor ahead of the Greens; and two independents in electorates located within the seats of federal independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have been given their marching orders. So, what (if any) are the federal implications of what has just happened? A special edition of ABC Radio National’s The National Interest, presented by Inside Story contributor Peter Mares, discusses the results and implications of the 2011 New South Wales election. Listen here...
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