Gladys Berejiklian 'deeply disappointed' over federal leadership chaos
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Gladys Berejiklian 'deeply disappointed' over federal leadership chaos

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was "deeply disappointed" over the federal leadership chaos, but played down concerns it would hurt her government ahead of next year's state election.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was disappointed with what was happening federally in the Liberal party.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she was disappointed with what was happening federally in the Liberal party.Credit:Jessica Hromas

Ms Berejiklian weighed into the federal Liberal party's leadership woes on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull staved off a challenge from Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton by 48 votes to 35.

Pressed on the issue while addressing media in Ballina on the state's north coast, Ms Berejiklian said she was "deeply disappointed with what's happened federally".

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"I think the Office of Prime Minister generally speaking is one which has unfortunately diminished over the last decade. Nobody wants to see a constant change of leadership and it does concern me," the Premier said.

While Ms Berejiklian maintained her government would not be affected by the leadership ructions, the timing of a federal election is concerning NSW liberal strategists, amid fears a change in federal leadership could prompt an early election before NSW goes to the polls in March.

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A senior liberal source said one of the big challenges they face in the state election is differentiating themselves from their federal counterparts.

The source said even though voters distinguish between state and federal issues, damage to the "Liberal brand" federally could filter through to the state.

Ms Berejiklian was in Ballina on Tuesday to sell the government's plan to reduce power bills, announcing $85 million for clean energy programs based around solar, wind and storage technology.

It's the second day in a row the Berejiklian government has campaigned on power prices, as the federal government spectacularly ruptured over its national energy policy, culminating in the leadership spill on Tuesday morning.

Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Ben Franklin accompanied the Premier in Ballina, and announced he would seek National's preselection for the Ballina electorate.

Mr Franklin, who is currently a member of the Legislative Council, said he was encouraged by "repeated requests from local residents and community organisations" to make a tilt for the seat.

Ballina has traditionally been a long-held Nationals seat, but it was won by Greens MP Tamara Smith at the 2015 election.