Where Perrottet and Minns have been campaigning in the final week ahead of the election

When they weren’t breaking down, the Labor and Liberal campaign buses spent the week taking their leaders – and half the city’s press pack – zigzagging across the state in a final bid to conjure up enough votes to win Saturday’s state election.

We tracked Dominic Perrottet’s and Chris Minns’ journeys over the last week of the campaign. When mapped, they tell an interesting story of the parties’ priorities – and worries. Here’s what happened.

Chris Minns boarded his bus with Labor colleagues (from left) Courtney Houssos, Daniel Mookhey, John Graham, Penny Sharpe, Jo Hayden, and deputy leader Prue Car last Sunday.Credit:Dylan Coker


The premier started his week in the electorate of Heffron which is held by Labor on a safe margin of 15 per cent. There, he announced a re-elected Liberals and Nationals government would look into raising the speed limit in the WestConnex tunnel. After a coffee stop in Chris Minn’s seat of Kogarah (at a cafe with a few corflutes supporting Chris Minns hoisted above the windows), the premier ended his day in Nowra, where the Coalition is trying to retain votes for long-term South Coast Liberal MP Shelley Hancock, who has held the seat since 2003.

Minns kicked off his campaign in Cronulla and Miranda (two safe Liberal seats), announcing an elected Labor government would create a surgical care taskforce to tackle the elective surgery waiting list in NSW.


With Labor colleagues and media crews in tow, Minns started the day with a quick jog in Oatley (held by the Liberals on a margin of 6.8 per cent) before driving out to Warragamba Dam to campaign against the privatisation of Sydney Water.

Perrottet also took the day out of Sydney, visiting a horse stable in the marginal Liberal seat of Goulburn (Wendy Tuckerman has held it since 2019 with a 3.1 per cent margin) before heading towards Camden, in the south-west.

Tuesday was also the day Labor’s “zero-emissions” campaign bus ran out of charge. Travelling media and Labor staff were forced onto a good old-fashioned gas-guzzling coach.


The evening brought both leaders to Penrith for the final leaders’ debate, on Sky News. It’s one of the most narrowly held seats this election, held by Liberal Stuart Ayres on only 0.6 per cent.

Perrottet and Minns both had a quieter day before that. The premier only visited Quakers Hill in the north-west (in another safe Liberal seat of Riverstone).

The Labor leader dropped by a food distribution warehouse in Moorebank (in the seat of Holsworthy, also held by the Liberals on 6.2 per cent).


Minns spent a chunk of his Thursday in the seat of Goulburn, where Labor hasn’t won for more than 50 years (though the party insists the marginal seat is within reach: the Liberals have just a 3.1 per cent margin on it). The opposition leader, who has promised to scrap the public sector wages cap, visited Yass District Hospital.

Meanwhile, Perrottet spent his morning at the Wests Tigers training, where he gave the team a pep talk, before heading to Eastwood to shake hands and speak with the public.

The Liberals were also forced to close up shop early on Thursday after their own bus broke down.

The press pack – who had followed Perrottet out to Ryde – were left waiting nearly two hours on the side of the road in Eastwood for a replacement vehicle to arrive.


It was a busy final day of campaigning for the pair, who had each made more than three stops by lunchtime. The premier greeted early voters in Chatswood and North Sydney before driving out to Penrith, the ultra-marginal seat held by Liberal Stuart Ayres by 0.6 per cent.

He then jolted to Holsworthy, one of the seats Labor strategists are eyeing off as potential seats they could claim (it was formerly held by the government’s unluckiest member, Melanie Gibbons).

The opposition leader kept busy too, visiting Sydney Markets in Flemington and a rail manufacturing facility in Auburn before heading to Ryde and Parramatta.

Where will they go on Saturday? We’ll keep you updated.

With Angus Thomson

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