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Mike Baird’s campaign bus defaced

Mike Baird has announced a shock retirement from politics.

Mike Baird has announced a shock retirement from politics. Photo: AAP

Vandals have defaced New South Wales Premier Mike Baird’s campaign bus in the Blue Mountains, telling the Liberal leader he is “not welcome”.

The bus was parked outside The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba overnight when it was covered in graffiti.

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Hotel staff managed to scrub the tags off by morning.

Mr Baird joked about the incident at a campaign breakfast on Wednesday morning, calling the graffiti “art”.

“Apparently there’s been a bit of art on my bus this morning,” Mr Baird said to laughter from guests.

“It is the city of the arts (but) I’m not quite sure I like those arts.”

The premier didn’t waste the opportunity to spruik his $4 million pledge to bring major tourism events to the Blue Mountains.

“We’re very happy to see art but sometimes we’re not as happy to see art,” he joked.

“But in any campaign you’ll see people express themselves in all types of ways and we welcome it.”

Mr Baird is campaigning in the traditional bellwether seat of Blue Mountains, which is held by the Liberals on 5.4 per cent.

A Newspoll conducted in February shows the Coalition government is set for relection on March 28, with the Coalition leading Labor 54 to 46 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis.

– with AAP

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