Water management, declining standard of living and regional Australians feeling neglected have all been cited as reasons for the Nationals being on the nose electorally.
While the budget appealed to the Coalition's perceived strength on overall economic management, wage growth and climate change are likely to be important during the election campaign.
Scott Morrison has announced the Liberals will preference One Nation below Labor at the federal election. But that is unlikely to make a substantial difference to the make-up of the parliament.
For the federal Liberals, the night was a vital morale booster, though the result had been determined mostly on state factors.
The sense that the Berejiklian government had done enough to be re-elected proved correct, with a strong economy and a big infrastructure program enough to secure the Coalition a third term.
The Berejiklian government has been returned to power, with Labor having a poorer-than-expected showing following a disastrous final week of campaigning.
Deep Saini talks about the week in politics with Michelle Grattan.
Feral horses are a clear point of division between parties in this weekend's election. Labor has pledged to repeal the Coalition government's bill to preserve large numbers of brumbies.
Recent polling indicates that no one party will be able to win a majority government in the upcoming NSW election, with Labor needing to gain six seats to deprive the Coalition from a victory.
With the polls showing the main parties neck and neck, the question for NSW voters this Saturday is whether they have lost faith in the Coalition government enough to elect Labor again.
There are more than 1.3 million young Australian voters in NSW, but they feel excluded from traditional politics. To win the youth vote, politicians must address the key issues that matter to them.
The major parties are promising projects costing tens of billions of dollars, with a surprisingly large overlap between them. Yet only two have been endorsed by infrastructure authorities.
Every major transport study since the 1970s has identified Sydney's western rail corridor as the priority for an upgrade. The latest patronage figures confirm that's where the need is greatest.
Weak economic data and sluggish wages have contributed to the Coalition's poor showing in the latest Newspoll, which gives Labor a 54-46 lead on two-party preferred.
In 2019, the expectation is that the National Party will lose many seats and put the NSW Coalition government majority at risk.
Mark Latham in the upper house? A Coalition minority government? The NSW election is nearly upon us, and it’s going to be a wild ride.
It's worth keeping an eye on the NSW election outcome. It may end up telling us a lot about how global political themes, like the erosion of centrist politics, are playing out here in Australia.
A Queensland Galaxy poll taken at the same time shows a healthier lead for Labor - but more polls are needed to determine any trends in voting ahead of the federal election.
While the latest Newspoll gave the Morrison govenrment a welcome boost, it will need to avoid the "February slump".
Kelly has threatened to run as an independent if he loses preselection and also at times has left the way open to go to the crossbench.