March 25, 2011
THE SAMENESS OF ANGLOSPHERIC POLITICS:
There'll barely be a Labor Party left after the NSW election (Andrew Clennell, 3/25/11, The Daily Telegraph)
NSW Labor will be wiped out in its worst electoral defeat in 110 years tomorrow and will only just retain party status by winning a paltry 14 of 93 lower house seats.Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2011 6:21 AM
That was the finding of a final Daily Telegraph-Galaxy poll, which has Labor's primary vote at just 22 per cent - down one point from three weeks ago - compared to Barry O'Farrell's Coalition, unchanged at 51 per cent.
The Greens sit at 12 per cent and other minor parties and independents 15.
On a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition was up two points, leading 66 to 34.
A party is required to win 10 seats in the Legislative Assembly to give it party status, allowing the opposition leader and deputy opposition leader to be paid more than an ordinary backbencher.
The Galaxy poll found Labor will squeak over the line - with three more members than a cricket team.