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Sad photo that perfectly highlights Dominic Perrottet’s election nightmare: ‘Not an MP in sight’

  • Nearly empty convention room at NSW Liberal Party HQ 
  • It comes after news organisations call the election for NSW Labor

There were sad scenes at the NSW Liberal Party HQ with the ballroom of a ritzy hotel in Sydney almost empty as Labor stormed to victory in the NSW election.

Not a single MP has been spotted at the convention room at the Hilton about 8pm on Saturday after expectations high-profile party figures were expected to start rolling up at 7:30pm.

A photo from inside the convention centre shows a nearly empty room with news broadcasts on two projectors revealing a landslide win for the NSW Labor Party.

The sound on the screens were reportedly turned off shortly after news organisations started to call the election. 

The photos come after the ABC predicted that NSW Labor would form a majority government after 12 years in the political wilderness.

‘There will be a change in government,’ ABC election commentator Anthony Green declared.

‘We have Labor up above 40 seats and the Coalition is struggling to get above 27 at this stage.’

It means that Chriss Minns, the 42-year-old dad-of-three will be the state’s 47th premier.

Mr Minns comfortably retained his seat of Kograh this election thanks to a 16 point swing, having held the seat by a slim 0.5 per cent in 2019.

Campaigning on the eve of the election, the Labor leader said he believed it would ‘come down to the wire’.

‘I do believe it’s going to be tight,’ he said.

‘Most NSW elections, except for a few here and there, are tight contests, and I think that we’ve always known that.’

The loss brings an end to the NSW Liberal Party's 12-year-long rule in the state and makes the 42-year-old dad-of-three, Chris Minns, the state's 47th premier

The loss brings an end to the NSW Liberal Party’s 12-year-long rule in the state and makes the 42-year-old dad-of-three, Chris Minns, the state’s 47th premier

The Liberal Party HQ is largely empty with 'not an MP in sight' following a near-landslide win for the NSW Labor Party

The Liberal Party HQ is largely empty with ‘not an MP in sight’ following a near-landslide win for the NSW Labor Party 

Retiring Parramatta MP Jeoff Lee told the ABC, the Liberals may have left it too late to nominate a candidate for the electorate.

‘You can’t just simply transfer any support that I have, and I’m grateful for that support the community has given me over the last decade,’ he told Sky News.

NSW Treasurer Matt Kean made a bleak prediction for the Coalition, who are trying to win a fourth term in government.

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Appearing on the ABC after polling booths across the state closed, he said the ‘deck is stacked against us’.

‘It would be a historic victory because it hasn’t been done before, four terms, so fighting the tide of history is like fighting gravity,’ he said.

‘The challenge for us was to present ourselves as a new government, not the reiteration of a 12-year-old government.

‘We really tried to demonstrate that we had fresh ideas.’

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