NSW election result: the Libs on notice
28 March 2019
The NSW Coalition have been returned to government on a reduced, paper-thin majority. While it might not be the best possible result for our climate, there is a clear message here for both the Berejiklian and Federal governments: you are on notice, and climate inaction will lose you votes.
In the run-up to this election, climate action was consistently on the agenda. Polling and media coverage showed time and again that climate change and the environment were key issues for voters.
That this was viewed by many as a ‘climate election’ was down to people speaking out and putting our climate in the spotlight:
- You helped fund our hard-hitting online and print ads, which were seen over 2 million times across key electorates.
- Over 2500 people sent emails to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Energy Minister Don Harwin.
- You hit the streets to hand out scorecards and leaflets in knife-edge electorates, and posted thousands of messages on social media and on Premier Berejiklian’s Facebook wall, bringing the conversation right back to what was important: climate action.
- Hundreds of you made calls to key Nationals MPs to ramp up pressure ahead of the vote.
Let’s get it straight: it’s very disappointing that the Coalition ignored voters and came to the election with no credible climate policy. We will keep fighting together to hold them to account.
But while the Coalition has yet to step up to the climate crisis that they have played a leading role in creating, there were a lot of positives to take from this election:
- The Coalition were put on notice with big swings against them in some key seats. And in the seats that did change hands, climate and the environment were key.
- The Liberals were punished in the key Eastern Sydney seat of Coogee, where our exit polling revealed that climate change was the number one issue driving votes. What’s more, that figure was even higher among ‘Liberal deserters’ – those who voted Liberal before, but have since ‘deserted’ the party. 
- We saw the collapse of the Nationals’ vote in many areas, in a backlash over the environmental mismanagement which led to the fish kills and the resignation yesterday of Water Minister Niall Blair. It was yet another sign that parties who prioritise corporate greed over voters’ interests will be punished at the ballot box.
- Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton was also put on notice, as she held on in Vaucluse but suffered more than a 5% swing to the Greens.
- Meanwhile in in nearby Manly, the Liberals also suffered a huge 13% swing to the Greens, putting Tony Abbott on red alert going into the Federal Election.
If Wentworth and the Victorian election weren’t clear enough, now we have more proof: the Liberals and Nationals are losing votes on climate inaction and will continue to do so unless they step up.
Scott Morrison has so far failed to take any notice. Consistently he has put the interests of the fossil fuel industry ahead of those of the Australian people, but perhaps this time he will get the message.
Australians want real solutions to address the climate crisis, and are abandoning parties that fail to act. That’s why we’ll be working on creative and bold new ways to secure real climate action as Australia goes to the polls in a couple of months.
Now, can you call on our federal leaders to commit to climate action ahead of the election? Take action now.
Thanks for being part of this, and for fighting for a cleaner, more liveable Australia.