The Berejiklian government has suffered huge swings against it in the Wagga Wagga by-election, despite the Liberals having securely held the seat since the 1950s.

Labor Leader Luke Foley says swings of more than 30 per cent at voting booths across the Wagga Wagga electorate is a devastating result for Gladys Berejiklian’s government six months out from the State election.

The result is a huge blow to the Liberals who have won the seat of Wagga Wagga in the last four NSW elections on first preferences alone.




Mr Foley says Premier Berejiklian must take responsibility for the anti-Government swings.

Since Gladys Berejiklian became Premier the Liberals and Nationals have contested five by-elections with double digit swings against them, but they have not heeded the message from voters to start listening to the people of NSW and change their policies.

These swings are an emphatic rejection of what the people of NSW have seen under a Liberal-National government, which includes:

  • Splurging on Sydney stadiums;
  • Waste, cost blowouts and mismanagement on infrastructure projects;
  • The gutting of TAFE and unemployment;
  • The growing cost of living, including electricity and gas bills;
  • Privatisation of hospitals and soaring hospital waiting lists;
  • Forced council mergers;
  • Overcrowding in schools;
  • Falling academic standards; and
  • A reckless assault on the urban and natural environment.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“This is a clear message to the Liberal government and it’s time for Premier Berejiklian to start listening to the people of NSW.

“The people of Wagga have made a statement. They don’t want to be taken for granted like they have been for years by the Liberals.

“Wagga was one of the safest conservative seats, but the arrogant polices of the Liberals have been emphatically rejected today.

“I am very proud of Labor’s candidate Dan Hayes and the Labor team in Wagga, who have run a strong campaign. Dan will be fighting for the people of Wagga beyond this by-election.”