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NSW Labor has no plans to ‘destabilise the government’ despite mass resignations

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With the NSW government plunged into chaos by multiple resignations, the Opposition have promised not to take advantage of the political opportunity amid a health crisis.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Transport Minister Andrew Constance have all announced their resignations since Friday, triggering three by-elections.

MPs Steph Cooke, Adam Marshall and Shelley Hancock are also rumoured to be considering their futures.

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns told Jim Wilson his party has no plans to “play any parliamentary shenanigans”.

“We won’t move any no confidence motion, we’re not going to try and destabilise the government of New South Wales in the midst of a pandemic.

“We’ve got to get our priorities right here. Politics needs to take a back seat.

“After that, the political debate will move on, Jim, and we’re going to have a long conversation about tolls, taxes, fines, charges and how expensive it is to live in Western Sydney in particular.”

Mr Minns was critical of the MPs’ decision to leave their roles at such a crucial moment, but admitted it would be “virtually impossible” for Labor to win the “rusted-on Liberal seats” if they ran candidates in all by-elections.

“In a way, Jim, I’ve been blindsided by it … so we’ve still got to make our mind up about that.”

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