NSW Votes LIVE: Dominic Perrottet narrows contest with Chris Minns, Labor tipped to return to power

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‘We’re competitive in this election’: Minns

Labor leader Chris Minns is currently speaking on 2GB, discussing one of the final polls ahead of Saturday’s vote that shows Labor is tipped to – ever so slightly – return to power.

Is he exhausted?

“Yeah, it’s gonna be close and I’ve thought that from the very beginning. Labor’s only won from opposition three times since the Second World War,” Minns says.

“So, it’s a difficult task for us to win, but we’re on the hunt, and it’s up to the voters in NSW to make the call.”

Our poll shows Dominic Perrottet is also several percentage points ahead as preferred premier, but Minns says he’s okay with the disparity.

“Historically, opposition leaders find it difficult to get ahead on preferred premier just because you’re not in the role, and it’s difficult for people to imagine that — but we’re competitive in this election campaign,” Minns says.

Greens demand fix for housing crisis as crossbench power predicted to grow

This morning’s exclusive story from Tom Rabe and Alexandra Smith says the NSW Greens are preparing to capitalise on a Labor-led minority government, and that they’re pushing for a restriction on the sale of public land and for an extra 100,000 social and public homes to be built to address the state’s growing housing crisis.

With the prospect of a hung parliament appearing more likely ahead of Saturday’s state election, the Greens are increasingly flexing their muscles in key policy areas they will demand action on.

Greens MP Jenny Leong hands out how-to-vote cards in Broadway earlier this month.Credit:Dean Sewell

The party has outlined a new plan to address the housing crisis, calling for a major ramp-up in the number of social homes being built across the state. It also wants legislation to ensure people cannot be evicted from their houses and into homelessness.

Greens housing spokeswoman Jenny Leong said both the Coalition and Labor had failed to prosecute homelessness as a serious issue ahead of the state election.

“NSW is in an unprecedented housing and homelessness crisis, and yet just days out from the election we’ve heard nothing of substance from the Liberal Nationals or NSW Labor about their plan to fix it,” she said.

Read more about it here.

Perrottet claws back ground in tight contest, but Labor tipped to return to power

The Herald’s state political editor Alexandra Smith says Premier Dominic Perrottet is gaining ground in the final days before Saturday’s election, but Labor is still favoured to win government with the support of key crossbenchers.

As the campaign enters its final stretch, the contest has tightened after the Coalition’s primary vote jumped six points to 38 per cent. Labor’s primary remains unchanged on 38 per cent.

Perrottet has edged further ahead as preferred premier, securing his highest rating since taking over as leader (40 per cent), while Labor leader Chris Minns is steady on 34 per cent.

However, with the results indicating a 4.5 per cent swing, Labor is on track to return to power for the first time in 12 years, but will probably need the backing of crossbench MPs to form government.

You can read more on this from Alex Smith here, and about the Herald’s exclusive Resolve Political Monitor polling.

Good morning

Good morning, and welcome to the first day of our NSW state election live blog.

My name is Billie Eder, and I will be taking you through all the press conferences, door stops and breaking news in the lead up to the election this Saturday, March 25.

It’s already been a busy few weeks for Premier Dominic Perrottet and NSW Labor leader Chris Minns, who is campaigning to reinstate a Labor government in NSW for the first time since 2011.

With five sleeps to go, there’s still plenty of time, and anything can happen. So, grab yourself a coffee (or two), and enjoy the coverage!

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