Aussie PM faces uphill battle in looming polls despite New South Wales boost

New South Wales Liberal leader Gladys Berejiklian (waving) celebrating her party's win at the New South Wales state election on Saturday, accompanied by her sister Mary (left), mother Arsha, father Krikorat and sister Rita (right).
New South Wales Liberal leader Gladys Berejiklian (waving) celebrating her party's win at the New South Wales state election on Saturday, accompanied by her sister Mary (left), mother Arsha, father Krikorat and sister Rita (right).PHOTO: EPA-EFE

During a private gathering at a hotel in Sydney on Saturday night, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison met a group of senior figures from his Liberal party and delivered his analysis of that day's election in the state of New South Wales (NSW).

As the tally indicated the Liberal-National Coalition had been easily re-elected, Mr Morrison said he was buoyed by the results ahead of a federal election, likely to be held in May. His message to the group was: "If you have strong, stable government, the people will back you in."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2019, with the headline 'Aussie PM faces uphill battle in looming polls despite NSW boost'. Print Edition | Subscribe