Counting has now concluded for the Legislative Assembly as part of the New South Wales state election – the Legislative Council will be concluded on
In this post I am featuring a map of the two-candidate-preferred (2CP) vote across New South Wales at the booth level, as well as the 2CP swing where appropriate.
I have also assembled the new NSW post-election pendulum, which tells us something about the challenge in front of Labor in 2023.
Firstly, the map. I have plotted every ordinary election-day booth across the map, showing the winning two-candidate-preferred vote. The size of the number reflects how large the booth is. Booths with a majority for Labor are in red, Liberals and Nationals are in blue, Greens are in green, and independents and Shooters are in yellow/orange. Colours are darker where a majority was 55% or more.
You can also toggle the map to show the 2CP swing. I have no swings in six seats where the 2019 top two is different to any combination available in 2015. These seats are Barwon, Cabramatta, Dubbo, North Shore and Wagga Wagga. Sorry, the swing maps are blank for these seats. Secondly, I matched booths between 2015 and 2019 but did not make an effort to account for booths which do not have a match. So in some cases it’s possible the swings may look extreme where a booth has been abolished or created. For example, there’s one booth in Coogee with a swing of 20% to the Liberal Party. Still, I think the map is useful at giving a sense of the general trends.
I won’t spend much time analysing this data. It’s mostly the same as the data I used for my previous posts focusing on particular areas such as southern Sydney, the inner west, the north coast and western NSW.
Secondly, I have assembled a post-election pendulum at the end of this post. You can compare this to the pre-election pendulum.
Firstly, we are a lot closer to the Coalition losing its majority than we were before the election. The Coalition needed a uniform swing of 3.2% and a loss of six seats to lose their majority. That figure is now a uniform swing of just 1.3% and a loss of two seats to lose their majority, with East Hills and Penrith standing out as the most marginal Coalition seats.
Labor has a lot fewer marginals of its own. Labor previously held seven seats by margins of less than 5%, and 16 held by margins of less than 10%. Now they only hold three seats by margins of under 5%, and twelve seats by margins of under 10%. Part of Labor’s success last month was consolidating their own base which fractured in 2011.
The task needed for Labor to win a majority, however, doesn’t look any easier than before March 23.
Labor needed to win thirteen seats to form a majority, which would have been achieved with a uniform swing of 8.7%. They now need eleven seats, which could be achieved with a uniform swing of 7.6%. Of course, swings are never uniform, but it gives you a sense of the scale needed.
Finally I need to mention that this pendulum is useful to give you a sense of where the parties now stand, but it will never be used in an election. The boundaries of NSW state electorates will change between now and 2023, and thus the margins of these key seats will change, although the overall shape of the pendulum will likely look similar.
|Coalition Seats||Labor Seats|
|East Hills||LIB 0.5%||Lismore||ALP 1.3%|
|Penrith||LIB 1.3%||Coogee||ALP 1.6%|
|Dubbo||NAT 2.0% vs IND||Kogarah||ALP 1.8%|
|Upper Hunter||NAT 2.6%||Strathfield||ALP 5.0%|
|Holsworthy||LIB 3.3%||The Entrance||ALP 5.2%|
|Goulburn||LIB 3.5%||Port Stephens||ALP 5.8%|
|Heathcote||LIB 5.0%||Londonderry||ALP 6.5%|
|Tweed||NAT 5.0%||Gosford||ALP 7.3%|
|Riverstone||LIB 6.3%||Granville||ALP 7.6%|
|Seven Hills||LIB 6.4%||Maroubra||ALP 8.5%|
|Bega||LIB 6.9%||Auburn||ALP 9.1%|
|Camden||LIB 7.6%||Rockdale||ALP 9.5%|
|Ryde||LIB 9.0%||Swansea||ALP 10.6%|
|Myall Lakes||NAT 9.2%||Prospect||ALP 10.7%|
|Oatley||LIB 10.5%||Charlestown||ALP 12.4%|
|Parramatta||LIB 10.6%||Wyong||ALP 12.4%|
|South Coast||LIB 10.6%||Cabramatta||ALP 12.9% vs IND|
|Coffs Harbour||LIB 10.8%||Canterbury||ALP 13.0%|
|North Shore||LIB 11.1% vs IND||Maitland||ALP 13.2%|
|Mulgoa||LIB 11.3%||Bankstown||ALP 13.8%|
|Monaro||NAT 11.6%||Macquarie Fields||ALP 14.8%|
|Kiama||LIB 12.0%||Blue Mountains||ALP 14.9%|
|Terrigal||LIB 12.3%||Heffron||ALP 15.1%|
|Epping||LIB 12.4%||Mount Druitt||ALP 16.4%|
|Manly||LIB 12.9% vs GRN||Summer Hill||ALP 16.5% vs GRN|
|Wollondilly||LIB 13.8%||Liverpool||ALP 16.7%|
|Lane Cove||LIB 14.3%||Campbelltown||ALP 17.0%|
|Clarence||NAT 14.5%||Blacktown||ALP 17.7%|
|Miranda||LIB 14.6%||Newcastle||ALP 17.7%|
|Oxley||NAT 14.9%||Fairfield||ALP 17.9%|
|Drummoyne||LIB 15.0%||Shellharbour||ALP 18.3%|
|Albury||LIB 16.0%||Cessnock||ALP 19.3%|
|Hornsby||LIB 16.3%||Keira||ALP 19.7%|
|Hawkesbury||LIB 17.5%||Wollongong||ALP 21.4%|
|Bathurst||NAT 17.9%||Lakemba||ALP 22.4%|
|Baulkham Hills||LIB 18.7%||Wallsend||ALP 25.4%|
|Vaucluse||LIB 19.3% vs GRN|
|Port Macquarie||NAT 20.3%|
|Ku-ring-gai||LIB 20.5%||Murray||SFF 3.5% vs NAT|
|Wakehurst||LIB 21.0%||Ballina||GRN 5.4% vs NAT|
|Willoughby||LIB 21.0%||Barwon||SFF 6.6% vs NAT|
|Pittwater||LIB 22.4%||Balmain||GRN 10.0% vs ALP|
|Castle Hill||LIB 24.7%||Sydney||IND 11.8% vs LIB|
|Davidson||LIB 25.5%||Newtown||GRN 13.8% vs ALP|
|Cootamundra||NAT 27.1%||Orange||SFF 15.2% vs NAT|
|Tamworth||NAT 29.5%||Wagga Wagga||IND 15.5% vs LIB|
|Northern Tablelands||NAT 32.8%||Lake Macquarie||IND 22.1% vs ALP|