The Gillard Government is facing an election wipeout in western Sydney that will rival the routing that was delivered to NSW Labor in 2011.
Voters know it, the Labor MPs who will lose their seats know it, and the Prime Minister herself surely knows it. But it’s unlikely that too many in the top levels of the Gillard Government have a firm grasp on the true horrors that await Labor on September 14.
Senior Labor MPs are now talking about secret union polling over the past month that reveals the seat of Lindsay could return a swing against Labor of more than 20 per cent - which would set a Federal election record.
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It’s the electorate where the Howard era began in triumph and ended in farce.
The electorate where “Trackie Dackie” Jackie Kelly was elected not once but twice in 1996, scoring a thumping by-election victory after being dudded out of office on a constitutional technicality. The electorate where Kelly’s dentist husband was implicated when a group of Liberal Party activists were photographed in the dead of night in 2007 distributing stooged, misspelt pamphlets reading “Alu Akbar” on behalf of a fictitious local Muslim group claiming Labor support for the construction of a mosque.
Lindsay, on the westernmost edge of Sydney at the foot of the Blue Mountains, was named after the artist, writer and bon vivant Norman Lindsay, who these days would probably be regarded as a weirdo in this proudly suburban, no bullshit seat where the biggest source of local entertainment is the Penrith Panthers Leagues Club, a venue so preposterously big that it can be seen from space.
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