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On a scraggly, out-of-the way property near an industrial lot in Morisset on the New South Wales central coast, the independent MP for Lake Macquarie, Greg Piper, is tending to his bees.

A self-described left-leaning pragmatist who won the seat in 2007 campaigning against a proposal for an open-cut coal mine in the electorate, Piper may have a profound influence on the state’s politics after 23 March if polls suggesting the likelihood of a minority government prove correct.

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