Aug 11, 2014

ICAC revelations could kill Liberals’ NSW majority

In the wake of highly damaging ICAC revelations, a number of high-profile Liberal scalps have been claimed and Labor is poised to re-take seats lost in the 2011 election, writes NSW political correspondent Alex Mitchell.

Alex Mitchell — NSW politics correspondent

Alex Mitchell

NSW politics correspondent

The New South Wales Coalition’s big parliamentary majority, built on sweeping victories in the Hunter Valley and the Central Coast in the 2011 election, is going up in flames at the Independent Commission Against Corruption. At the next election in eight months’ time, the Labor Party is poised to re-take all the seats it lost — Newcastle, Charlestown, Swansea, Maitland, Wyong and The Entrance.

When ICAC resumed today, Newcastle Liberal MP Tim Owen began testifying about the financial support he secretly received to defeat Labor’s Jodi McKay and capture the Labor stronghold for the first time in almost 100 years. Owen was a Liberal pin-up at the last election: a former deputy commander of Australian forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, the senior RAAF officer entered Parliament triumphantly as a war hero.

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5 thoughts on “ICAC revelations could kill Liberals’ NSW majority

  1. Bill Hilliger

    Little did the Liberals know when they set up the ICAC enquiry that it is proving Labor’s best friend. The Liberals are panicked and running for cover. The ICAC bogeyman will get them.

  2. leon knight

    What about Brian Loughnane and Peta Credlin – the ICAC tentacles are menacing them at the moment, can they successfully bluff it out?

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Leon …yes if they use the lord Downer I can’t recall, I know nuffing defence. Just watch, that’s what will happen.

  4. klewso

    The sooner this human detritus is flushed from all parties, the sooner we can get on with “government for the people”.

  5. MJPC

    I would have thought if any party looks in a enviable position of picking up seats it is the Greens.
    Both Labour and the LNP have “starred” in ICAC (it is really the best show in town- wait till they start the links to the Feds), in NSW the only party with credibility and integrity remains the Greens, despite the daggers thrown from their parlimentary fellow travellers of the left and right.

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