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Labor stayed in power until 1965. Towards the end of its term in power it announced a plan for the construction of an opera/arts facility on [[Bennelong Point, New South Wales|Bennelong Point]]. The design competition was won by [[Jørn Utzon]]. Controversy over the cost of what would eventually become the [[Sydney Opera House]] became a political issue and was a factor in the eventual defeat of Labor in 1965 by the conservative [[Liberal Party of Australia|Liberal Party]] led by [[Robert Askin|Sir Robert Askin]]. Sir Robert remains a controversial figure with supporters claiming him to be reformist especially in terms of reshaping the NSW economy. Others though, regard the Askin era as synonymous with corruption with Askin the head of a network involving NSW police and SP bookmaking (Goot).
 
Labor stayed in power until 1965. Towards the end of its term in power it announced a plan for the construction of an opera/arts facility on [[Bennelong Point, New South Wales|Bennelong Point]]. The design competition was won by [[Jørn Utzon]]. Controversy over the cost of what would eventually become the [[Sydney Opera House]] became a political issue and was a factor in the eventual defeat of Labor in 1965 by the conservative [[Liberal Party of Australia|Liberal Party]] led by [[Robert Askin|Sir Robert Askin]]. Sir Robert remains a controversial figure with supporters claiming him to be reformist especially in terms of reshaping the NSW economy. Others though, regard the Askin era as synonymous with corruption with Askin the head of a network involving NSW police and SP bookmaking (Goot).
   
In the late 1960s, a [[New England New State Movement|secessionist movement]] in the [[New England (Australia)|New England]] region of the state led to a referendum on the issue. The new state would have consisted of much of northern NSW including [[Newcastle, New South Wales|Newcastle]]. The referendum was narrowly defeated and, as of 2010, there are no active or organised campaigns for new states in NSW.
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In the late 1960s, a [[New England New State Movement|secessionist movement]] in the [[New England (Australia)|New England]] region of the state led to a referendum on the issue. The new state would have consisted of much of northern NSW including [[Newcastle, New South Wales|Newcastle]]. The referendum was narrowly defeated and, {{as of|2010|lc=on}}, there are no active or organised campaigns for new states in NSW.
   
 
Askin's resignation in 1975 was followed by a number of short lived premierships by Liberal Party leaders. When a general election came in 1976 the ALP under [[Neville Wran]] were returned to power. Wran was able to transform this narrow one seat victory into landslide wins (known as Wranslide) in 1978 and 1981.{{Citation needed|date=June 2007}}
 
Askin's resignation in 1975 was followed by a number of short lived premierships by Liberal Party leaders. When a general election came in 1976 the ALP under [[Neville Wran]] were returned to power. Wran was able to transform this narrow one seat victory into landslide wins (known as Wranslide) in 1978 and 1981.{{Citation needed|date=June 2007}}

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