Labor likely but count continues
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.
HOPEFUL: Premier Palaszczuk remains confident.