Original article by Simon Benson, Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 4 : 25-Mar-19
The New South Wales government is set to retain office with a majority of up to two seats after gaining 42.7 per cent of the primary vote in the state election on 23 March. Labor’s primary vote was 33 per cent, while the Shooters, Fishers & Farmers Party won two seats from the National Party in regional and rural areas. Meanwhile, the federal government is expected to hold an election on 11 May, with a five-week election campaign likely to be announced days after the Budget on 2 April. Sources have indicated that the government will seek to shore up support in regional and rural areas by including a regional economic development package in the Budget.
AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SHOOTERS, FISHERS AND FARMERS PARTY, LIBERAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, NATIONAL PARTY OF AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIA. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION, NATIONAL IRRIGATORS COUNCIL LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET