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New South Wales: the verdict

27 March 2011

Radio National’s The National Interest, presented by Inside Story contributor Peter Mares, looks at the implications of the 2011 New South Wales election result

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Mid campaign in the electorate of Marrickville. Newtown graffiti/Flickr

Mid campaign in the electorate of Marrickville. Newtown graffiti/Flickr



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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Above: Opponents of the proposed Gunns pulp mill in Tasmania protest on Bondi Beach during the 2007 federal election.
Photo: James Alcock/ Fairfaxphotos

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