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NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay addresses caucus after catastrophic polling released

by Mary Sewell

The NSW Opposition Leader has downplayed catastrophic polling numbers by telling a party meeting Premier Gladys Berejiklian could be brought down by the Independent Commission Against Corruption, sources have said.

Labor chief Jodi McKay was facing intense pressure on Tuesday after a leaked poll showing the party would be nowhere near winning an election if it were held today.

At a caucus meeting on Tuesday morning, Ms. McKay used her speaking time to denounce the methods by which the polling was publicized and to downplay the importance of the wrong numbers. Two MPs in the room said the party leader dismissed the polling data as unimportant because Ms. Berejiklian risked being removed by ICAC anyway, adding that other former and current government MPs were in the watchdog’s crosshairs.

Another MP in attendance disputed that Ms. McKay’s comments amounted to dismissing the polling results.

This person said the Opposition Leader urged the members to reach out and talk to communities instead of talking among themselves about polling numbers.

Ms. McKay’s office declined to comment.

Ms. Berejiklian, who has not been accused of wrongdoing by the ICAC, appeared in front of the commission last year to give evidence in proceedings against a former MP being investigated for alleged corruption.

She was criticized by the Opposition after it was revealed before the ICAC she had been carrying on a secret relationship with the MP in question. Still, the corruption watchdog has not given any indication she is personally under scrutiny.

“The truth is I have done nothing wrong, and the people of NSW know it,” she told parliament last October after being questioned by Ms. McKay on the ICAC investigation.

The Premier declined to comment when her office was contacted on Tuesday.

Some NSW Labor MPs feel the party lacks a plan to reverse a catastrophic polling slide before the next state election, but the sources said there is no immediate threat of a leadership challenge.

The polling leaked by the Health Services Union and Australian Workers Union showed the opposition party’s primary vote was just 23.9 percent, a result that would be worse than any election in the last century.

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