Mike Baird’s Liberal-National Coalition is predicted to have 53 lower house seats after Saturday’s NSW election.
While Labor improved greatly on the 2011 wipeout result, this was still a thumping win for the Coalition.
Mike Baird has been rewarded for being upfront about a difficult issue, while Tony Abbott was less forthcoming before his election and lost many voters’ trust as a result.
Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop said the take out from the result was that "people are ready for reform as long as it's explained to them, and that's what Mike Baird did". It was a pointed comment.
‘Four more years’ for NSW Premier Mike Baird, which the crowd chanted as he arrived at the Liberals’ election night party.
Mike Baird's Liberal National coalition has been comfortably returned to government in New South Wales, despite a 9% statewide swing against it on the two-party preferred vote.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird looks likely to keep enjoying the view from the top of the state after the March 28 poll.
With just a day of campaigning left in the New South Wales election, the result is already clear. Mike Baird's government will be re-elected – but the battle for 21 upper house seats will be crucial.
If Tony Abbott had followed the John Howard prescription from the start he’d be much better off today.
Saturday's New South Wales election will be seen as a major test of whether a popular leader can sell the public a much-disliked economic reform policy.
The Reverend Fred Nile is a veteran of the NSW Parliament – and many predict that if the Baird government is re-elected, his vote could decide whether power privatisation goes ahead or not.
A re-elected Liberal National government needs to win 10 upper house seats in this year's NSW election to hold a clear majority. But any fewer than 10, and it may need a Plan B on privatisation.
Tracking tweets can tell help paint a picture of voter sentiment.
UPDATED March 27, 11:45am: These live infographics continue to show the most tweeted about people and parties in the New South Wales election.
In the countdown to the March 28 New South Wales election, social media is a key battleground for persuading swinging voters.
Given the history on privatisation in NSW, and facing a more emotionally powerful campaign, the Baird government is actually doing pretty well to be closing in on polling day in a winning position.
Electricity privatisation has delivered big nest eggs for various state governments – but the NSW government’s $A13 billion privatisation price tag risks being undermined by an election pledge and the recent UBS controversy.
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Electricity privatisations have been like golden geese, providing A$37 billion to Australian state governments since 1992. But the price for NSW's privatisation risks being undercut by two key events.
NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance with the 2014 budget. An economic analysis has found electricity revenues have been crucial to keeping the NSW budget in surplus in recent years.
We found that without state-owned electricity revenues, the NSW Coalition government would have struggled to avoid recording deficits in every budget since its election in 2011.
Then treasurer and now New South Wales Premier Mike Baird (centre) at Newcastle’s Wickham train station in 2013.
If you're looking for key battles to watch in the New South Wales election, which could help decide who forms the next state government, then you need to know the story of the Newcastle railway line.
Then NSW treasurer and now Premier Mike Baird, shaking hands in 2013 to mark the handover of Port Botany under a 99-year lease – the same period as has been proposed to lease state electricity assets to private operators.
Privatising public assets is like a tradesperson selling her or his tools when facing a temporary income shortfall. Much better to borrow at low interest rates and productively invest those funds.
Mike Baird concedes there are ‘challenges’ facing the federal Liberal Party, led by Tony Abbott (right), but says voters want him to focus on state issues.
'There's no doubt there's challenges in Canberra ... I would like Canberra to get on with the job of actually looking after the people it's supposed to be representing.' – Mike Baird
Asked about what he would consider a good result at the upcoming state election, Mike Baird joked he’d be happy with a win.
'I would be incredibly disappointed, I can’t tell you how disappointed I’d be, if I didn’t have the opportunity to continue beyond March ... [these are] some of the most exciting times in politics'.
Unlike in Queensland, NSW Premier Mike Baird will not be able to keep Tony Abbott away from the campaign trail.
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NSW premier Mike Baird’s proposed changes to the state’s electoral funding laws could cost taxpayers more than $10 million extra per electoral cycle.
How much should taxpayers pay to subsidise the running of political parties and their campaigns? If the NSW government gets its way, the answer is going to be quite a lot more. While its proposed changes…
NSW premier Mike Baird’s government remains resilient despite a growing body count as a result of revelations at the state’s ICAC.
The New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is the state’s most popular institution. If you need proof, ask yourself: just how many other government bodies have members of the…
NSW premier Mike Baird has suggested moving to the full public funding of election campaigns in response to the stunning revelations at the state’s ICAC hearings.
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Mike Baird leaves a party meeting after being elected unopposed as the next leader of the NSW Liberal Party.
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Mike Baird is the man chosen by the Liberal Party to replace Barry O'Farrell as premier. Who is he, and what challenges does he now face?
Mike Baird has been elected unopposed as the new NSW Liberal Party leader, and will soon become the state’s 44th premier after the shock resignation of Barry O'Farrell yesterday. But what are the prospects…