La­bor likely but count con­tin­ues

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

PREMIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk says she re­mains con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing a sec­ond term in of­fice as count­ing con­tin­ues, and has bat­ted away ques­tions on any po­ten­tial cross-bench deals should the La­bor Party fall short.

“We are still con­fi­dent of se­cur­ing a ma­jor­ity,” the Premier said.

“I want a La­bor ma­jor­ity and I am con­fi­dent I will get a La­bor ma­jor­ity.”

She would not say if she would be will­ing to ne­go­ti­ate with Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party or Rock­hamp­ton Mayor Cr Mar­garet Strelow, who is clos­ing in on the Rock­hamp­ton elec­torate, should La­bor not reach the 47 seats it needs to gov­ern in its own right.

“I’m not even think­ing about that,” she said.

LNP leader Tim Ni­cholls says he’s still wait­ing for the of­fi­cial re­sult of the elec­tion and that it was too early to com­ment on any po­ten­tial LNP lead­er­ship spill.

Elec­tion an­a­lyst’s have called the elec­tion for La­bor but the LNP are still await­ing the re­sult of a host of close seats.

A de­fin­i­tive re­sult could still be days away, as many seats will come down to pref­er­ences on pre-poll and postal votes, which are up sig­nif­i­cantly on the 2015 poll.

More than 800,000 peo­ple voted be­fore elec­tion day, ac­cord­ing to the Queens­land Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

PHOTO: GLENN HUNT

HOPE­FUL: Premier Palaszczuk re­mains con­fi­dent.

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