THE Prime Minister Julia Gillard has rejected suggestions the Liberal Party's success in western Sydney council elections was a result of people's dissatisfaction with her government.
Both Holroyd and Parramatta councils have Liberal majorities, with large swings to the party.
Speaking at a press conference in Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta, last week Ms Gillard said voters would have very different choices to make at the federal election.
"People will have the opportunity in 2013 . . . to decide who is best to lead the nation, who's best to be the federal government of this nation," she said.
"That choice will turn on whether or not you believe this nation's future is being designed in its schools, whether or not you believe in putting our kids first as the first priority of government, whether or not you believe in a better deal for people with disabilities and whether or not you want a plan to keep our economy strong.
"We have a track record of doing that and a plan to keep our economy strong.
At Parramatta Council, seven of the 15 councillors are Liberals, meaning they need just one vote from the three independents to secure a majority.
In Holroyd, Liberal candidates won five of the 12 seats and party member Eddy Sarkis won on an independent ticket.
Labor candidates took four seats.
In both council areas there were swings of about 5 per cent to the Liberal Party.
In Parramatta, Labor saw a 13 per cent swing against it, while in Holroyd there was a 5 per cent swing against the party.