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While votes are counted in the lower house, a no-confidence motion against the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, in the upper house has just been defeated, on the casting vote of the president, giving her an important symbolic victory in her battle to hang onto the top job.

The vote was 20-20 but John Ajaka, the Liberal president, used his vote to defeat it.

“I must vote and at my discretion give reasons,” Ajaka said.

“In my view there is no possibility of further discussion, I will cast my vote in the negative,” he said.

The motion was defeated.

Labor was down one MLC because Shaoquett Moselmane is on leave while under investigation for his ties to China. The independent MP Justin Field, the two Animal Justice party MPs and Fred Nile voted with the government.

Read the original article at The Guardian

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