Editor's note

With the Coalition led by Gladys Berejiklian elected for a third term on the weekend, the federal Liberals will take some heart leading into the budget on April 2 and an election in May. As Michelle Grattan writes, while the federal Liberals would delude themselves if they took too much confidence from the NSW win, the results will nonetheless provide an important morale boost.

Meanwhile, the Nationals, who were the big losers from the NSW poll, will be unsettled by the strong showing of the protest parties, especially amid the destabilisation within their own party. Now all eyes will be on the next Newspoll to see if the mood in the electorate has shifted before the federal budget. In all likelihood, the election will be called the following weekend.

Amanda Dunn

Section Editor: Politics + Society

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The Liberals are making much of the fact Berejiklian became the first woman to be elected as NSW premier. Mick Tsikas/AAP

View from The Hill: NSW result gives federal Liberals a boost in the mind games

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

For the federal Liberals, the night was a vital morale booster, though the result had been determined mostly on state factors.

Having been returned to power, the Berejiklian now has to deliver on its big promises. AAP/Lukas Coch

NSW Coalition scrapes back in as minor parties surge – but delivering on promises will not be easy

Andy Marks, Western Sydney University

The sense that the Berejiklian government had done enough to be re-elected proved correct, with a strong economy and a big infrastructure program enough to secure the Coalition a third term.

Gladys Berejiklian has led the Coalition to a third term in office in NSW. AAP/Dean Lewins

Coalition wins a third term in NSW with few seats changing hands

Adrian Beaumont, University of Melbourne

The Berejiklian government has been returned to power, with Labor having a poorer-than-expected showing following a disastrous final week of campaigning.

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