LABOR WIN? Victory for Annastacia Palaszczuk, say experts

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk has secured enough seats to form majority government, the ABC suggests.

Counting continues but with Labor remaining ahead in Gold Coast seat of Gaven, the electorate will likely be claimed by the ALP.

Combined with wins in Aspley, Rockhampton, Redlands, Cook, Cairns, Mount Ommaney and Mansfield, along with the new seats of Macalister and Jordan, Labor is sitting on 47 seats, enough to govern in its own right.

Ms Palaszczuk has not yet claimed victory for Labor.

The LNP remains on 38 with four seats still in doubt.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told voters all deals were off the table before the election as she wanted to govern by majority but the count is now looking very close indeed. Picture: AAP Image/Bradley Kanaris
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told voters all deals were off the table before the election as she wanted to govern by majority but the count is now looking very close indeed. Picture: AAP Image/Bradley Kanaris

One Nation has picked up one seat, independent Sandra Bolton has claimed Noosa and the Katter's Australian Party remain ahead in the race to claim the North Queensland seat of Hinchinbrook.

With Labor looking all but certain to form Government in the coming days, LNP leader Tim Nicholls again failed to address leadership speculation, instead insisting yesterday that he could still win.

Ms Palaszczuk made no public appearances again yesterday as Mr Nicholls continued to press her pre-election "no deals" pledge.

It came as backroom dealings had already begun within the LNP around who would best replace Mr Nicholls. Deputy leader Deb Frecklington and fellow frontbencher Tim Mander are considered the top candidates for the job.

Tim Nicholls could be challenged for the LNP leadership by current deputy Deb Frecklington. Picture: Liam Kidston
Tim Nicholls could be challenged for the LNP leadership by current deputy Deb Frecklington. Picture: Liam Kidston

When asked about leadership rumblings, Mr Nicholls said: "This election isn't over yet, there is still a lot of votes to be counted and we are still in this hunt.

"The real question that we need to go back to is Annastacia Palaszczuk's position in relation to governing without a majority."

Meanwhile, Labor now looks set to win the newly formed seat of ­Macalister with independent Hetty Johnston conceding it would take something "extraordinary" to steal it from Melissa McMahon. "There is still some hope there, but it would have to be pretty incredible for it to happen," Ms Johnston said.

The seat will allow Labor to form a majority government, as they would be unlikely to reach 47 seats without it. The close count in Maiwar continued, with pundits expecting it to be won by the Greens.

As many as six seats still remain in doubt and could go well into next week before a result is declared.



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