Mr Nutt on Sunday apologised to the people of NSW for the "extraordinary and reprehensible conduct of a small number of its elected representatives, members and activists". "The recent revelations, which resulted in the resignations from the Parliament of two MPs, require more than this apology or remedial action to prevent past problems in the future," he said in a statement. "Accordingly, as an explicit act of atonement, the Liberal Party will not contest the Newcastle and Charlestown by-elections.
But Mike Baird has not ruled out a Liberal tilt at the seats when voters head to the polls next March. "We have to consider our position," he told ABC radio on Sunday morning. "At the moment we are at a position where we're not contesting the by-elections but once our house is in order and we are confident our house is back in order, we will be back to those electorates.
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