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Coalition buoyed by NSW vote result as federal Labor says it points to need for long-term vision

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Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten says there are lessons he can learn from the NSW election which has been won by the Liberal-National coalition.

Bill Shorten believes Labor's loss in the NSW election won't have many implications for his campaign to become Australia's prime minister.

But the federal opposition leader says there are lessons he can learn from the NSW vote, including the importance of continually putting forward a vision for the future.

"People are hungry for vision. Politics as usual doesn't cut it," Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne on Sunday.

NSW Labor Leader Michael Daley was defeated by Liberal Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Saturday, with the state coalition winning 46 seats out of 93 available and expecting to claim up to three more.

The result has buoyed the spirits of the federal coalition, ahead of the national poll expected to be called for May.

Coalition buoyed by NSW election results

Attorney-General Christian Porter said polls have not been favourable towards the Morrison government but it has always considered it can win the election.

Seeing the NSW government re-elected has firmed up that belief as the federal government is similarly focused on delivering a stronger economy and using that to invest in services and infrastructure, he said.

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Gladys Berejiklian re-elected NSW Premier
Gladys Berejiklian re-elected NSW Premier

"This proves, if you like, the underlying confidence we've had. We believe this shows that the next election is absolutely winnable," he told reporters in Perth on Sunday.

Nationals MP Darren Chester is also taking heart from the result - despite the NSW branch of his party losing at least one seat to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party.

"The message out of NSW was, for the federal government in particular, for our election in six weeks...was don't write us off," he told ABC TV.

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Armenian Australians celebrate re-election of NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian
Armenian Australians celebrate re-election of NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian

Voters can't be taken for granted: Shorten

Mr Shorten has been less inclined to link the NSW vote with his own electoral chances.

"I think it would be fair to say that there weren't many federal implications," he said.

But he said there are still lessons he can learn from the growing electoral influence of smaller parties and independents.

"No major party can take the voter for granted," he said.

"I actually think that the challenge, or the lesson for me out of yesterday, is to keep putting forward a long-term view of the nation."

Federal Labor MP Michelle Rowland has put NSW Labor's defeat down to Mr Daley's poor performance in the last week of his campaign.

Mr Daley's final week included stumbling through a leadership debate and being forced to apologise over comments about Asian immigration caught on video at a pub forum last year.

"It's a salient lesson in politics that a week is a very long time," Ms Rowland, a Sydney-based MP, told Sky News on Sunday.

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