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AustraliaAustralian PM boosted by re-election of ruling party in largest state

16:00  23 march  2019
16:00  23 march  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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The NSW election, less than two months before a federal poll, was seen as a test case of Morrison’s strategy to seek re - election on the back of his government’s economic record. Morrison’s government is, however, well behind the main opposition Labor party in the most recent polls, trailing

The NSW election, less than two months before a federal poll, was seen as a test case of Morrison's strategy to seek re - election on the back of his State coffers have also swelled, topping more than A0 billion (6.44 billion) last year to be worth more than the economies of Thailand, Malaysia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election prospects got a lift on Saturday when Australia's most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), returned his ruling Liberal Party to power.

The NSW election, less than two months before a federal poll, was seen as a test case of Morrison's strategy to seek re-election on the back of his government's economic record.

Australian PM boosted by re-election of ruling party in largest state© Reuters/POOL APEC Summit 2018 in Port Moresby Speaking shortly after victory was confirmed, Morrison said the victory in NSW foreshadowed a federal victory in May.

"In two months, we'll be back here to celebrate another Liberal/National win," Morrison told supporters in Sydney.

Coalition holds a narrow one per cent lead over Labor in the last poll before New South Wales votes in the country's biggest state election

Coalition holds a narrow one per cent lead over Labor in the last poll before New South Wales votes in the country's biggest state election Residents in NSW will head to polling booths between 8am and 6pm on Saturday.

Elections in Australia take place periodically to elect the legislature of the Commonwealth of Australia , as well as for each Australian state and territory. Elections in all jurisdictions follow similar principles, though there are minor variations between them.

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Morrison's government is, however, well behind the main opposition Labor party in the most recent polls, trailing by 54 percent to 46 percent on a two-party preferred basis.

While the Australian economy is the envy of many, NSW's finances are in even better shape. Unemployment in NSW is at a near record low, below even the national level which on Thursday was pegged at 4.9 percent.

State coffers have also swelled, topping more than A$400 billion ($286.44 billion) last year to be worth more than the economies of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines, despite signs of a property price-led pullback.

But echoing national discontent, Morrison's Liberal Party saw support ebb away in NSW as some voters felt they have not enjoyed the benefits of the soaring economy.

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New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised generational change in the warring Liberal party on Friday, seeking to end an internecine battle that “He can heal the wounds that threatened to fracture the coalition government and allow the government time to prepare for an election ,” he said.

NSW electoral funding laws have changed. The Electoral Funding Act 2018 (EF Act) has replaced the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981 (EFED Act). In the lead up to the 2019 State election political donations of ,000 or over and must be disclosed within 21 days.

Despite this and the Liberal Party's coalition partner, the Nationals on course to lose several seats that may cost the government an outright majority, the main opposition Labor party conceded NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian will retain power.

Morrison will now hope to capitalise on the victory when his government delivers its final budget ahead of the election.

The conservative government has promised to deliver the country's first budget surplus in a decade and armed with a hefty war chest, Morrison is likely to also promise tax cuts.

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