O’Farrell calls for support ahead of poll

Posted on: February 3rd, 2019 by
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NSW Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell has appealed to voters for their support in the state election, as the latest polls point to a landslide victory for the coalition.


Mr O’Farrell, spending the final day before the booths open in western Sydney, warned that Labor’s seven-week campaign had only ever been about its own survival.

“It’s clear that all Labor’s been doing during this campaign, as it has through 16 years, is focusing on itself, focusing on its own survival,” he told reporters.

“My team is the public’s team

“We know, whatever the opinion polls say, four-and-a-half million people in our democracy get to make up their mind on the future of this state tomorrow.”

Two polls published on Friday show there could be a swing of up to 18 per cent against Labor. That would give the Liberal-Nationals coalition about 74 seats in the 93-seat lower house.

Labor could be reduced to as few as 13 seats, from 50.

“What we are asking for is support tomorrow, and reminding people that only by voting against their local Labor or independent candidates can you guarantee the real change that NSW wants,” Mr O’Farrell said.

Premier Kristina Keneally, campaigning in the Illawarra early on Friday, vowed to keep working hard to win votes until the polls closed on Saturday.

Both Mr O’Farrell and Ms Keneally are due to attend a 1pm (AEDT) prayer service for victims of the Japan earthquake at St Andrew’s Cathedral, in central Sydney.

Mr O’Farrell hit the road about 5.30am (AEDT) on Friday, taking his campaign bus to Sydney’s Flemington Markets.

During a tour of the produce market, he promised a coalition government would support farmers and growers by sourcing local fruit and vegetables for government use.

“NSW grows some of the best quality fruit, vegetables and crops in the world,” Mr O’Farrell said.

If elected, the coalition would source produce locally wherever possible, he said.”Whether it’s fruit for our hospitals or food for school canteens, our bias will always be towards sourcing local produce and supporting NSW workers.”

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