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On Saturday, the Australian Greens will be holding their first-ever NSW election in which they will contest all 50 seats, and the NSW Greens are on course to win the seat of Coffs Harbour in 2018.

As of today, the party has secured an overall margin of 6.3 per cent of the vote in NSW, ahead of Labor’s 2.6 per cent, the Palmer United Party (PUP) 1.6 percent and the Australian Democrats 0.3 percent.

Despite the big swing of the last election, the Greens remain the largest party in NSW and they are also well placed to form a government in the coming years.

Nathan Peats, one of the co-founders of the Greens, has said the party will seek to increase its representation to the 50 per cent mark.

“The election will be the last opportunity for the Liberal Party to continue to be the party of the Liberal elite, and we’re determined to put that behind us,” Mr Peats said in an interview with FourFourtwo on Friday.

He added: “We’re going to have a chance to get to the 150 per cent or 200 per cent and we will take it to them.”

The party’s first election in NSW was held in 2015, when it won the seat by a whopping 50.5 per cent margin, including more than 10 per cent in some marginal seats.

But the party lost the seat to the Liberals in the 2016 election and it is the first time the party’s voters have voted for the Coalition since they formed the NSW branch in 2013.

Since then, the NSW party has not won any state or federal seats.

The party has also been the only NSW party to take the state by-election in recent years, when they won the state for the first of four times, in 2015.

In that contest, the Liberals took the seat in the seat currently held by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The Liberals were then elected as the government with the support of the ALP, which lost control of the NSW Legislative Council in a controversial by-elections.

That followed the NSW Government’s decision to scrap the carbon tax in a move that was seen as a direct attack on the Greens and Mr Peates’ party.

Mr Peats has said he was disappointed by the result and that the state’s Liberal-National Coalition has no room for manoeuvre in government.

“We will work hard to keep it in the Liberals’ hands,” he said.

“The state government is a very small part of the government, and there are so many other things that have to happen.”

While Mr Peat has made his position clear that he will not be part of a government with Labor, he has admitted that it was possible the Liberals could be persuaded to support the Greens.

This is likely to be a long and difficult campaign for the Liberals.

Ms Peats and other party leaders have been accused of wanting to “turn NSW into a red state”.

The state will go to the polls for a new election on December 12.