NSW Decides: Chris Minns is 47th Premier, Nationals won't be in government anywhere in Australia
In a resounding victory for Labor, the party will be in power for the first time since 2011.
After another election, it's another Labor win; the party is now in power in every state and territory except for Tasmania, as well as in power federally.
Originally expected by some to be a tight race, but just hours into the count the winner was clear.
6 News called the election for Labor just after 8pm AEDT, and projected a majority government shortly after that.
After entering parliament in 2015, Chris Minns became leader of the opposition in 2021. In his time, he has seen two premiers: Gladys Berejiklian and Dominic Perrottet.
During what has widely been considered a "respectful" campaign from both parties, many commitments have been made by Minns.
These include the construction of 100 public pre-schools and providing 10,000 teachers permanent roles to help combat the teacher shortage in the education industry.
In the struggling health sector, Labor has committed to a minimum staffing level for public hospitals, adding more than 1200 staff.
To help the housing sector they will establish an NSW Rental Commission that will supposedly help protect renters. Furthermore, they will pledge $722m to a first-home buyers scheme. The Minns government will also trial a cashless gaming card in 500 machines over the next 12 months.
There was a swing of 3.8 percent towards the ALP as they picked up 7 seats from the Coalition, including Camden, East Hills, Monaro - which was previously held by the Nationals - Parramatta, Penrith, Riverstone, and South Coast.
The Greens are projected to retain the seats of Ballina and Newton. In Balmain, previously considered a safe Greens seat, they are just narrowly ahead - 48% to 52% - with a 7.8% swing to the ALP. However, they do appear likely to retain that seat too.
It was a poor night for the Coalition, with only 27 seats won based off the numbers reported on Sunday afternoon so far.
Dominic Perrottet will step down as Liberal leader after just 18 months, asking the party faithful to get behind the new Premier.
"I didn’t get into politics for a job, I got in to serve," he said.
"I take full responsibility for the loss this evening."
In a surprise to some, outgoing Treasurer Matt Kean has ruled out running for leader, saying in a statement that he has a "young family and I would love to spend a little more time with them."
"The election result will enable me to do that," Kean's statement read.
On Sunday, Chris Minns addressed the media, saying the win was a "humbling experience".
"Regardless of who the people of NSW voted for, or who their local MP is, a Labor government in NSW will work on behalf of everybody."
In the upper house, the Liberal Democrats and Legalise Cannabis are both chances of winning a seat in the NSW parliament for the first time. Lead LDP candidate John Ruddick told 6 News that the party has received "good preferences flows," with the Coalition recommending voters preference the Lib Dems second.
The result means the Nationals are no longer in power anywhere in Australia, with the Tasmanian government only comprised of Liberals. The Greens are currently in a coalition government with Labor in the ACT, and have 3 ministers of their own.
With counting still to come on Monday, it's a resounding victory for Chris Minns and the Labor, taking government for the first time in over a decade.
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