If New South Wales Premier Mike Baird loses the state election this Saturday then Tony Abbott will also be out of a job, Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has told reporters.
“If Mike Baird goes Tony Abbott will go,” Mr Albanese said on Thursday morning.
His comments echo those of NSW opposition leader Luke Foley, who told a rally on Sunday: “If Mr Baird goes next Saturday, Mr Abbott goes on the Monday.”
Coalition governments in Victoria and Queensland have suffered first-term defeats in recent months, but opinion polls indicate that outcome isn’t likely in NSW on Saturday.
Despite hard anti-Abbott campaigning from Labor, Liberal premier Mike Baird is expected to be comfortably re-elected, and has an approval rating of 60 per cent.
A Morgan Poll released on Tuesday shows the Coalition government leads Labor on a two-party-preferred basis, 56 to 44 per cent.
Mr Baird’s re-election depends largely on a controversial plan to privatise the state’s electricity network, which promises to deliver a windfall of $20 billion to be spent on infrastructure.
– with AAP