SYDNEY (Reuters) – Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party faces a tight election contest in Australia’s largest state on Saturday, polls suggest, as a strong economy and a troubled opposition may not surmount voter anger over the removal of his predecessor.
Morrison, who replaced Malcolm Turnbull after a backbench revolt last year, is pinning his re-election hopes for a May federal poll on his conservative government’s economic track record, a strategy it has also deployed in New South Wales.
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The outcome in a state that has historically swung between the two major parties and is home to some marginal electorates that Morrison’s party must win to secure re-election will be a pointer to the May result.
“You can’t escape the parallels between New South Wales and the federal election,” said Haydon Manning, a political science specialist at Flinders University in South Australia.
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“If the Liberal Party can’t retain government there, the odds of a Labor victory in May will be much shorter.”
Australia’s robust economy would be the envy of politicians heading into a poll in other countries, but the state’s finances are in even better shape, with unemployment near a record low, below the national figure of 4.9 percent.
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State coffers topped A$400 billion ($286 billion) last year, exceeding the economies of each of the southeast Asian nations of Malaysia,...
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