Morale boost for Morrison team after Berejiklian's win
The re-election of the Berejiklian government in New South Wales has buoyed the spirits of the federal coalition, as its own election fight looms.
Liberal Senator Arthur Sinodinos says the result from Saturday's NSW poll has undoubtedly been a "morale boost", citing similarities between the federal and NSW governments.
"It showed a government that's managing a strong economy, is delivering infrastructure and is getting on with the job of meeting the needs of people in the broad ... will ultimately be rewarded," he told ABC's Insiders program today.
Nationals MP Darren Chester is also taking heart from the result - despite the New South Wakl branch of his party losing at least one seat to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.
"The message out of NSW was, for the federal government in particular, for our election in six weeks...was don't write us off. Don't write off the National Party, don't write off the coalition," he told ABC TV.
Federal Labor MP Michelle Rowland has put NSW Labor Leader Michael Daley's defeat to Liberal premier Gladys Berejiklian down to a poor performance in the last week of his campaign.
Mr Daley's final week included stumbling through a leadership debate and being forced to apologise over comments about Asian immigration caught on video at a pub forum last year.
"It's a salient lesson in politics that a week is a very long time," Ms Rowland, a Sydney-based MP, told Sky News on Sunday.
Ms Rowland said the immigration comments "hurt on several levels".
"I think it was ill-judged, the way that he expressed them," she said.
"It's a salient lesson for all of us that things that we say do matter and we should always remember that things can go wrong during a campaign."
Federal Labor has always viewed itself as the underdog for the upcoming election, expected in May, and had not been taking anything for granted, Ms Rowland said.
But she believes what played out in NSW had reinforced the sentiment that you can't ever be too comfortable believing momentum is on your side.
"The momentum can leave you just as quickly as it arrives."
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