NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has congratulated the premier on his election campaign, and revealed he “likes” Dominic Perrottet, before urging people not to vote for him.
- Millions of people are heading to the polls tomorrow to vote in the NSW state election
- The polls indicate the race is tight
- This morning Dominic Perrottet has been campaigning in Sydney’s north, while Chris Minns has been touring Western Sydney
People in NSW are set to head to the polls tomorrow in what many expect to be a close race — even a hung parliament is a possibility.
The premier and opposition leader have never contested an election as party leaders, and both must win seats tomorrow if they are to form a majority government.
This morning, the Labor leader said Mr Perrottet had run a positive campaign, focusing on political issues, rather than personalities.
“I do like him, I do like him, I just don’t want people to vote for him,” Mr Minns told ABC News Breakfast.
“But he’s a nice person and we do get on, I think the campaign’s been really civil and I think that’s been good for democracy in New South Wales.”
Mr Perrottet said he was expecting the race to be tight, but remained hopefull of winning enough seats to form majority government.
“I think it’s going to be close … I’m putting everything into it, working right up to election day,” he told ABC News Radio.
Mr Perrottet said he had “constructive” relationship with the crossbench and was open to working with them to form government if required.
“I’d prefer that we were in majority government, that obviously is what I’m campaigning for, but, ultimately, that’s not my decision,” he said.
“That’s a decision for the people of New South Wales, and we’ll work with any parliament that the people of New South Wales provide.”
The premier kicked off his last day of his campaign in Sydney’s north, dropping in on the electorates of Willoughby, and the North Shore, where he was joined by his wife Helen.
Willoughby was held by the former premier Gladys Berejiklian, and was previously safe for the Coalition but had its margin slashed at a by-election in 2022.
MP Tim James retained it for the government, but faced a tough contest from independent candidate Larissa Penn, who is again contesting the seat.
The Liberals privately fear the North Shore electorate is in danger of falling to independent candidate Helen Conway, who is backed by the Climate 200 group.
She is challenging Liberal MP Felicity Wilson, who has held the seat since winning a by-election in 2017.
Mr Minns has been touring Western Sydney electorates of Parramatta and Auburn this morning.
Labor sees winning Parramatta off the Liberals as critical to its prospects tomorrow night.