Berejiklian wins majority as Daley quits

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has won a majority in parliament securing a 47th lower house seat.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has won a majority in parliament securing a 47th lower house seat.

The Berejiklian government has secured a majority in the NSW parliament as the drama surrounding Labor drags on with Michael Daley quitting as leader but vowing to renominate for the position within weeks.

The coalition won a 47th seat in the 93-seat lower house when Nationals candidate Dugald Saunders was declared the winner in Dubbo by ABC election analyst Antony Green following an extremely close count.

On Monday evening, the ABC reported the coalition had won its 48th seat with Liberals candidate Wendy Lindsay narrowly pulling ahead of Labor's Cameron Murphy in East Hills in Sydney's southwest.

Lismore was also called on Monday, this time for Labor, with former federal MP Janelle Saffin taking the seat from the Nationals.

Labor picked up just two seats on Saturday in Coogee and now Lismore.

Mr Daley on Monday said he would stand aside until after the federal election - due in May - with deputy leader Penny Sharpe to fill in as interim leader.

"To do otherwise would be an unnecessary distraction from the task of electing a Shorten Labor government in a few weeks' time," Mr Daley said in a statement.

"I will be contesting the leadership when nominations are called for that position."

NSW Labor executives delayed the spill until after the federal election to limit any negative impact on the federal campaign.

A ballot is required following an election defeat under the party's rules. The ballot is of the caucus and rank-and-file members with both blocks given equal weight.

Head office directed Labor MPs to "refrain from commenting on, or campaigning for, the (state) leadership prior to the federal election".

Mr Daley's final week of the state campaign was a disaster.

A video from September emerged of him telling a pub forum that Asian migrants were taking local jobs and he then stumbled on key numbers behind his education policies during a live television debate.

Mr Daley on Monday defended his four months as leader and argued he did have support within caucus.

"I was handed a party that was in quite some difficulty back in November," he told reporters.

"I picked it up, calmed things down and prosecuted the case very strongly."

For the majority of the campaign Labor did very well, Mr Daley said.

"It's not all on me ... I won't take the blame for all of this ... my (mistakes) just happened to receive quite a deal more reporting than other mistakes that were made."

Ms Sharpe confirmed she wouldn't contest the leadership given she's an upper house MP.

She said it wasn't yet known who would lead the party in the lower house when parliament resumes before the ballot.

"We'll have to have someone acting in the lower house for question time," the interim leader said.

Ms Sharpe suggested the new full-time leader would be in place by the end of June.

Kogarah MP Chris Minns is touted as a top contender with Labor frontbencher Jodi McKay also a possible challenger.

AAP understands while there's been speculation about Prue Car she won't nominate.

Mr Minns' chances at the top job could be hurt by comments which upset the unions in his inaugural speech to parliament.

But he has since won back some sections of the union movement, a party insider said.

The bigger barrier could be the historical bad blood with NSW Labor general secretary Kaila Murnain.

Australian Associated Press