Gains by the Greens in NSW have deepened the gloom for the NSW Labor government ahead of the state election next March. Along with an extra Senate spot -- secured at Labor's expense by former NSW Greens upper house MP Lee Rhiannon -- the party managed to give federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese a scare in his inner-western Sydney seat of Grayndler.
Local Mayor Jamie Parker, who will probably represent the Greens in Balmain at the state election, said the result in Grayndler signalled that Labor's domination of western Sydney was over. He said the feeling at state level was "anyone but Labor", and predicted a strong flow of Liberal preferences to the Greens at the poll. Mr Parker said Mr Albanese, who also has responsibility for aviation, was damaged by a new plan for Sydney airport that would increase the total number of daily aircraft movements.
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