Labor land tax opposition elitist: Premier

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Dominic Perrottet has accused the opposition of being out of touch for opposing his first home buyer reforms, as the NSW parliament sits for its final day before the March 23 election.

The government passed a series of major pieces of legislation during its final weeks, including laws criminalising coercive control and making big changes to stamp duty for first home buyers.

First home buyers are now able to choose between paying a lump sum of stamp duty, or a smaller annual land tax on their property.

The reform was seen as a signature policy of the premier's and was passed by both houses last week, despite fervent opposition from Labor.

During question time on Thursday, the premier accused Labor of being out of touch for opposing what he called his "nation-leading policy", which can help young people enter the property market.

"There he sits in his Potts Point palace - Dom Peringnon in one hand, iPhone 35 in another," the premier said, describing Labor health spokesman Ryan Park.

"You stand in the way of every young family in NSW getting the opportunity that each of you had," he added.

"Two thirds of eligible homebuyers purchasing a home are expected to choose the smaller annual property fee, rather than paying that tens of thousands of dollars up front."

Leaked industry polling now shows the race to the election tightening between Mr Perrottet and his challenger, Labor Leader Chris Minns. 

Polling shows the coalition's primary vote up two points to 37 with Labor steady at 40, according to The Australian.

Government frontbencher Rob Stokes farewelled the parliament on Thursday evening, after 16 years as the member for Pittwater. 

The infrastructure, cities and active transport minister said political life took a toll on leaders, and he had seen many at the top suffer.

"Mike Baird was a visionary leader," Mr Stokes said.

"Gladys Berejiklian was a leader for tough times. She helped us all traverse a rocky path and taught us to look ahead, not down.

"Dom (Perrottet) is a different kind of leader.

"If Mike is a thoroughbred and Gladys a workhorse, then Dom is a stallion," he joked.

Earlier this month, Mr Stokes gave a scathing assessment of the club industry's ties to pokies, as the Perrottet government negotiated its own approach to reforming the industry.

"The community has had a gutful. We need to renegotiate the social contract with clubs to ensure the equation adds up to hope, not harm," Mr Stokes said.

"We cannot hide from the uncomfortable truth that human misery is the financial lifeblood for many NSW clubs."

The premier backed Mr Stokes's comments, saying NSW should not be "profiting off the misery of others".

This week, NSW became the first Australian state to make coercive control a standalone criminal offence - with specific legislation designed to protect people from domestic violence.

A group of MPs from across party lines also made a pledge to create an Aboriginal cultural heritage council within the next term of government. 

The council was first proposed by outgoing MP Fred Nile as a response to the explosion of sacred caves at Juukan Gorge in WA by Rio Tinto.

The Aboriginal-led council would be able to rule on whether significant Aboriginal cultural sites can be altered, damaged or destroyed.


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