CM appeared on Sky News to discuss the situation with our banks, the potential risks from the recommendations of the Hayne Royal Commission and the issue of mortgage stress.
Sky News held a pub test in the contested seat of Warringah. The pressure on the incumbent, former PM Tony Abbott, to hold his seat has been extreme.
The main threat has come from Independent Zali Steggall, who paints herself as a sensible centre candidate, despite backing from radical leftist lobby group GetUp. For some strange reason she decided not to go head to head with the other panelists. Probably because she has nothing to offer in terms of policy,” much less climate change or EVs (from the seat of her Nissan Pathfinder 3.5L V6 SUV)..
Having said that if one wants to lodge a protest vote against Tony Abbott (who presented well), United Australia Party’s Suellen Wrightson came across as a million times more impressive than Steggall in her media appearances to date. Even the Greens candidate, Kristyn Glanville, attended. Poor form Zali.
Listening to the questions asked, climate change and EVs didn’t feature as major issues. Power prices, more gas and coal baseload and restrained immigration got cheers from the crowd.
Listening to the NSW Election debate, incumbent Premier Gladys Berijiklian wiped the floor with Opposition Leader Michael Daley. Daley’s opening remarks were well prepared but it was all down hill from there when it was impromptu.
Daley was short on figures on pretty much every issue. Berijiklian knew them off by heart. Schools, climate change spending, public assets, electricity costs, mental health, hospitals, tolls, unemployment, education, water etc etc. Daley mentioned numerous times in his answers that he needed to double check his figures. On TAFE spending he guessed $3 billion. In reality it is $64 million.
When asked for a show of hands over the contentious Allianz Stadium rebuild, the Penrith audience backed the Premier by around 2:1.
The Premier made the rebuild costings clear and pointed out they’ve been in the public domain for over 12 months. Daley didn’t even have clear costings on how much it would cost to renovate. At one point Berijiklian was telling him how much bringing up to meet building codes would be. One would think he’d be all over the numbers on an issue he has expressed much passion over. She said that the new stadium would cost the same as renovating the current one.
Whether 100 undecided voters influence the election is a moot point but Berijiklian was the clear winner. The end result. Of 100 undecided, 50 would vote for the Premier and only 25 for Michael Daley.