SIFTING THE GLADFACTS FROM THE TRUTH

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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

Gladfact:

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)

Fact:

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.

GOSFORD RESULTS

Gladfact:

“I understand that is the worst result for an Opposition in Gosford in the last decade.” (Sky News 9 April 2017)

Fact:

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.

GOSFORD APPEARANCE

Gladfact:   

The Premier said Opposition Leader Luke Foley was “nowhere to be seen” on Election Day. (Sky News 9 April 2017)

Fact:

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.

SWINGS 

Gladfact:  

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)

Fact:

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.