(Anna Patty, 30 March 2015, Sydney Morning Herald)
The NSW government's attempts to oust Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore from state politics may have worked, but she is delighted her anointed successor in the seat of Sydney shows that Sydney residents want an independent voice.
Alex Greenwich was elected in a by-election in 2012 after the O'Farrell government introduced a law that forced Cr Moore to choose between being Sydney lord mayor or a member of Parliament.
Greenwich went into the election campaign as an independent MP with a margin of just 0.3 per cent after a recent electoral redistribution. But he now holds the seat on a margin of about 10 per cent.
He won 42 per cent of the primary vote and after preferences won about 60 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.