NSW: 50 seats

New South Wales swung to the Coalition by 3.4 percent in 2001- over 100,000 votes - but mostly in safe Labor  and Coalition electorates, so the seat effect was minimal - just two (three in post-redistribution notional terms.)

See, for a study in contrasts, the safest seats on both sides: Mitchell (21.3) and Fowler (21.5). Both outer suburban, but similarities end there. One has the highest unemployment in the land, the other the lowest, with incomes to match. One north shore Sydney, the other south west.You can guess which is which.

Fowler, which contains Cabramatta, has Australia's highest number of people born in non English speaking countries; Mitchell, being in Sydney, is also in the top third (and the top half of the state).

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