WorkChoices blamed for loss of key seat

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WorkChoices blamed for loss of key seat

WorkChoices has been blamed for costing the Liberal Party on of the key marginal seats in NSW - Eden-Monaro, which has been held by the party in government since 1972.

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WorkChoices has been blamed for costing the Liberal Party on of the key marginal seats in NSW - Eden-Monaro, which has been held by the party in government since 1972.

The defeated Government candidate, former Special Minister of State, Gary Nairn said the Coalition failed to effectively respond to the anti-WorkChoices crusade run by the Labor Party and the trade union movement.

The swing against Nairn in Eden-Monaro was 6.7%, almost exactly the same as the average swing in NSW, which delivered the seat to former military lawyer Mike Kelly.

'Overwhelmingly it was the IR stuff'

'Overwhelmingly it was the IR stuff, but also a certain amount of people wanted change. Change for the sake of change,' Nairn told the media. 'It was probably our fault that we didn't counter (the fear campaign).'

Kelly said it was wrong of Nairn to not participate in one of the community debates he had held in the seat on the Coalition's industrial laws.

'Gary defended WorkChoices passionately. He really needed to front up to at least one of those,' Kelly said.

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