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New South Wales state election, 2015

 

New South Wales state election, 2015

New South Wales state election, 2015

28 March 2015

All 93 seats in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
and 21 (of the 42) seats in the New South Wales Legislative Council
47 Assembly seats needed for a majority
 
Leader Mike Baird John Robertson
Party Liberal/National coalition Labor
Leader since 17 April 2014 31 March 2011
Leader's seat Manly Blacktown
Last election 69 seats 20 seats
Current seats 60 seats 23 seats
Seats needed Steady Increase24
TPP @ 2011 64.2% 35.8%
TPP polling 55% 45%
BP polling 52% 17%

Incumbent Premier

Mike Baird
Liberal/National coalition

The next New South Wales state election is scheduled for Saturday 28 March 2015 and will elect members of the 56th Parliament of New South Wales. The incumbent centre-right Liberal/National Coalition government, currently led by Premier Mike Baird will be challenged by the centre-left Australian Labor Party opposition, currently led by John Robertson.

New South Wales has compulsory voting, with an optional preferential ballot in single-member seats for the lower house and single transferable vote with optional preferential above-the-line voting in the proportionally represented upper house. The election will be conducted by the New South Wales Electoral Commission (NSWEC).

Contents

  • Date 1
  • Background 2
  • Redistribution 3
  • Candidates 4
  • Retiring MPs 5
    • Labor 5.1
    • Liberal 5.2
    • National 5.3
    • Independent 5.4
  • Polling 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8

Date

The parliament has constitutionally fixed four-year terms for the fourth Saturday of March every four years. Hence, the election will be conducted on 28 March 2015.[1] However, the Governor can dissolve the Parliament and a general election can be held before a four-year term is complete. [2]However, an advisory opinion by the NSW Supreme Court sought by Gov. Marie Bashir shows that this power is now practically unusable since the fixed term parliament amendment to the constitution.

Background

The Liberal/National Coalition won the March 2011 state election with 69 of 93 seats in the lower house, defeating the 16-year Labor government who were left with 20 seats.

The Liberal/National government suffered a 16 percent two-party preferred swing at the November 2011 Clarence by-election, but retained the seat. The government did not contest the August 2012 Heffron by-election, Labor retained the seat with a 13 percent margin increase. Independent Alex Greenwich defeated the Liberals at the 2012 Sydney by-election where independent MP Clover Moore resigned.

In 2013, the Independent member for Northern Tablelands, Richard Torbay resigned, and the seat was easily won by National candidate Adam Marshall in the resulting by-election. Later on in the year, Liberal MP for Miranda, Graham Annesley resigned and a by-election was held. It was won by the Labor candidate Barry Collier with a 26 percent two-party swing against the Liberal government.

In the 42-member upper house, the Coalition holds 19 seats, three short of a majority. Labor holds 14 seats, the Greens hold five seats, and the Shooters and Fishers Party and the Christian Democratic Party hold two seats each.

Barry O'Farrell resigned as Premier of New South Wales and Leader of the Liberal Party on 16 April 2014. Mike Baird was elected as leader unopposed.

Liberal MPs Andrew Cornwell (Charlestown) and Tim Owen (Newcastle) became independents and moved to the crossbench on 8 August 2014 after accusations at ICAC;[3] but they resigned from parliament on 12 August 2014 after evidence of corruption was uncovered.[4] A 2014 Charlestown by-election and a 2014 Newcastle by-election will be held on 25 October. The Liberals did not not contest either by-election.[5] Other former Liberals on the crossbenches due to involvement in ICAC proceedings include Chris Hartcher (Terrigal, February 2014), Chris Spence (The Entrance, February 2014), Darren Webber (Wyong, February 2014), Garry Edwards (Swansea, 14 August 2014), Bart Bassett (Londonderry, 27 August 2014) and Craig Baumann (Port Stephens, 12 September 2014), as well as MLCs Marie Ficarra (April 2014) and Mike Gallacher (May 2014).[6][7]

Redistribution

A redistribution of New South Wales's state electoral boundaries took place from 2012 to 2013. The final boundaries were gazetted on 19 September 2013 and will be used for the 2015 state election.[8]

Seven electorates were abolished, namely Burrinjuck (Nationals), Marrickville (Labor), Menai (Liberal), Murray-Darling (Nationals), Murrumbidgee (Nationals), Smithfield (Liberal) and Toongabbie (Labor).[8]

The seven new seats are Cootamundra (Nationals, largely replacing Burrinjuck), Holsworthy (Liberal, largely replacing Menai), Murray (Nationals, new name for Murray-Darling), Newtown (Greens, eastern sections of abolished Marrickville with areas of existing Heffron and Sydney), Prospect (Liberal, new name for Smithfield), Seven Hills (Liberal, largely replacing Toongabbie with Labor voting areas in the west being transferred into Blacktown and Prospect), and Summer Hill (Labor, western end of the abolished electorate of Marrickville, combined with eastern parts of Canterbury and Strathfield).[8]

Two electorates changed boundaries notionally, including Seven Hills, a safe Liberal seat created from the Labor seat of Toongabbie and Macquarie Fields becomes notionally Liberal.[8]

Candidates

There are seven registered political parties which currently hold seats in the New South Wales Parliament:

Party Legislative
Assembly seats
Legislative
Council seats
Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch) 20 12
Christian Democratic Party (Fred Nile Group) 0 2
Country Labor Party 1 2
Liberal Party of Australia New South Wales Division 47 12
National Party of Australia - NSW 19 7
Shooters and Fishers Party 0 2
The Greens 1 5

Additionally, there are twelve minor political parties which are eligible for participation in the election, registered with the Electoral Commission at the electoral deadline:

Retiring MPs

Members who have announced they will not re-nominate at the 2015 election:

Labor

Liberal

National

Independent

Polling


See also

References

  1. ^ Scheme of Election: Parliament of New South Wales
  2. ^ Elections for each level of government: State
  3. ^ Two NSW Liberal MPs stand aside from the party following ICAC revelations on campaign funding: ABC 6 August 2014
  4. ^ Newcastle MP Tim Owen and Charlestown MP Andrew Cornwell resign from NSW Parliament following ICAC donations inquiry: SMH 12 August 2014
  5. ^ NSW Premier Mike Baird apologises for Liberal Party after horror week at ICAC: Sunday Telegraph 17 August 2014
  6. ^ Swansea MP Garry Edwards becomes the latest Liberal to stand aside after ICAC revelations: SMH 14 August 2014
  7. ^ Corruption inquiry claims another scalp: ABC 27 August 2014
  8. ^ a b c d Green, Antony: 2013 New South Wales Redistribution, ABC Elections.
  9. ^ "NSW Labor veteran Richard Amery to retire from parliament".  
  10. ^ "Cherie Burton will retire at the next state election".  
  11. ^ Trembath, Murray (16 October 2014). "'"Collier exits again - Miranda MP calls it quits 'for wife and family. theleader.com.au. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "ALP MP Robert Furolo to quit NSW politics".  
  13. ^ "Walt Secord a winner in Labor reshuffle as Andrew McDonald bows out of politics". 
  14. ^ "Former NSW premier Nathan Rees to quit politics at 2015 state election".  
  15. ^ Patty, Anna (3 November 2013). "Tebbutt to leave politics". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Fazio dumped from Labor upper house ticket". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Nicholls, Sean (24 November 2014). "Barry O'Farrell announces his retirement from NSW Parliament". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  18. ^ http://www.maitlandmercury.com.au/story/2630102/robyn-parker-will-not-recontest-seat-of-maitland-photos-editorial/?cs=171
  19. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/news/epping-liberal-mp-and-former-attorney-general-greg-smith-will-not-seek-reelection-in-march/story-fngr8gwi-1226990908539?nk=1387f0e34e349328f08d895e0c173f53
  20. ^ "Don Page to retire at election". theaustralian.com.au. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "George Souris to retire from NSW Parliament". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  22. ^ Nicholls, Sean (15 October 2014). "Andrew Stoner to retire from Parliament". smh.com.au. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  23. ^ "Politicians to battle it out for a spot in the upper house". The Sydney Morning Herald. 16 February 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "Damaged by ICAC hearings, Chris Hartcher announces his retirement from Parliament". The Sydney Morning Herald. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  25. ^ a b "MPs Darren Webber, Chris Spence won't contest state election". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
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