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Berejiklian braces for ‘huge swings’ in byelections

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian met with Liberal candidate James Griffin in Manly, the day before the Manly by-election to fill former NSW Premier Mike Baird’s seat. Photographed Friday 7th April 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 170407 Photo: James BrickwoodGladys Berejiklian says she is “bracing” herself for “huge swings” against the Liberal candidates in Saturday’s byelections, predicting the contests “will come down to the wire”.

“Byelections are never easy for governments,” she said. “I knew we’d be doing it tough in all three seats.”

Ms Berejiklian was out campaigning on Friday with the Liberal candidate for Manly, James Griffin, North Shore candidate Felicity Wilson and Gosford candidate Jilly Pilon.

Asked what issues were being raised with her by voters in North Shore and Manly, Ms Berejiklian said most people were concerned about traffic, not the issue of forced council amalgamations.

The government has announced plans for a northern beaches traffic tunnel.

Ms Berejiklian was quizzed about revelations by Fairfax Media that Ms Wilson had signed an incorrect statutory declaration about how long she lived in the electorate and Mr Griffin was director of a company that a liquidator found may have traded while insolvent.

“I have every confidence in all three candidates,” she said.

Ms Berejiklian said she and the government “will wear whatever the judgement is given tomorrow”.

The Manly and North Shore byelections were called following decisions by former Premier Mike Baird and former health minister Jillian Skinner to quit politics.

In Gosford, Labor’s Kathy Smith retired for health reasons.

The Liberals hold North Shore by 21.2 percent on a two-party preferred basis versus the Greens and Manly by 24.5 per cent.

Labor is not running a candidate in either seat but there are numerous independents.

Labor holds Gosford by just 0.2 per cent. Its candidate is Australian Paralympian Liesl Tesch.

According to ABC election analyst Antony Green the average two-party byelection swing against governments in NSW since 1998 is 10.5 per cent.

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