SIFTING THE GLADFACTS FROM THE TRUTH-->
Premier Gladys Berejiklian is displaying all the hallmarks of a sore loser, bandying around mistruths masquerading as facts. She is doing everything she can to mask the uncomfortable truth – that her government received a brutal mauling at the weekend.
Most politicians worth their salt would just cop it; acknowledge that the people have spoken – however harshly – and that they had listened but not this Premier. She has resorted to lying and blaming others for her humiliation at the polls.
Here we sort the spin - or the Gladfacts - from the truth.
Labor’s result last weekend was our best in Gosford in over 30 years capturing 49.54 per cent of primary vote.
WINNERS AND LOSERS
The Premier said: “We looked up the records. You have to go back 50 or 60 years before a government actually won a seat … sorry … took a seat off an Opposition in a by-election”. (Sky News 9 April 2017)
Governments last won a seat from the Opposition in a by-election 21 years ago - a long way from 60 years. In 1996 during the first term of Bob Carr’s government the Labor candidate Harry Woods won the Clarence by-election with a swing of 13.96 per cent. And in 1978 during the Wran Government Labor candidate Ken Gabb won the seat of Earlwood with a 7.2 per cent swing against the Liberal party.
“I understand that is the worst result for an Opposition in Gosford in the last decade.” (Sky News 9 April 2017)
She misunderstood. In the 2015 election the Labor Opposition 2 party preferred vote was 50.23 per cent - last weekend that rose to 62.52 per cent.
The Premier said Opposition Leader Luke Foley was “nowhere to be seen” on Election Day. (Sky News 9 April 2017)
Luke Foley visited eleven booths on Election Day in Gosford and visited the electorate seven times prior to that and gave multiple media appearances throughout the campaign.
The Premier said: “The average swing — and sometimes it has been higher against governments — is 20 per cent. In Orange it was even higher than that.” (The Daily Telegraph 7 April 2017)
According to respected ABC election analyst Antony Green the average two-party by-election swing against governments in NSW since 1998 is 10.5 per cent. Indeed Labor outperformed the average swing with a swing of +12.3 per cent in Gosford.