If Minns seizes power, he will be a premier who lumbered over the line, rather than sprinted

If Chris Minns is premier this time next week, Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare will be the one that best describes the NSW Labor leader’s win.

Minns will have come to power, most likely in minority government, through a slow and steady race that was free from risks. Minns will be a premier who lumbered over the line, rather than sprinted.

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns is taking a slow and steady attitude to the election race.

Brook Mitchell

The Labor leader is not disliked, but he is far from a household name. Minns’ opponent Dominic Perrottet had the benefit of being treasurer for five years, which no doubt raised his profile before his elevation to the top job.

But a treasurer’s big moment comes only once a year on budget day, and Perrottet was better known as an arch-conservative with a super-sized family from Sydney’s bible belt. He has slowly shaken that perception and is now at his most popular since becoming premier.

Minns, on the other hand, remains something of an enigma with much of the electorate.

The latest Resolve Political Monitor for the has 40 per cent of voters listing Perrottet as preferred premier (up from 38 per cent) while Minns is on 34 per cent, exactly where he was three weeks ago.

Similarly, while the Coalition’s primary vote has shot up six percentage points to 38 per cent since the last Resolve survey in late February, Labor’s remains exactly where it was – on 38 per cent. The Coalition is making gains; Labor is steady.

Minns and Perrottet are relatively new leaders, although the Labor leader had a five-month head start in the job before Perrottet took over from the popular Gladys Berejiklian.

And while opposition leaders will never attract the same amount of attention as a premier (unless damaging scandals engulf them, that is), both men have had limited time to win over the electorate.

Perrottet – once he managed clear air after a series of scandals (some of his own making) that often overshadowed his leadership – has managed to redefine himself. Some moderate Liberals feared he could be a risky choice as a leader, but Perrottet has proven them wrong.

Despite this, Labor starts this final campaign week as the party most likely to form government, even if in minority and with the help of crossbenchers. The Coalition has made gains – as has Labor, especially on key policy positions, including managing the economy.

Resolve director Jim Reed says Perrottet’s solid performance throughout the campaign has helped the Coalition make the election a tight race, although not at a cost to Labor or Minns. Instead, it seems the minor parties and independents have taken the hit.

“Put simply, Perrottet has won the personal battle and Labor have won the policy battle, the net effect of which has been to narrow Labor’s lead,” Reed says.

If his steadiness continues in the final week of the election campaign, Minns is on track to be leader of the biggest state in the country. He will still be unknown, but he will have won the race without being spooked by the hare.

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