Ni­cholls at least has cred­i­ble so­lu­tion to hung poll

The Courier-Mail - - MINORITY REPORT - STEVEN WARDILL

DE­SPITE the tu­mult, Tim Ni­cholls has the only cred­i­ble an­swer to the ques­tion of what hap­pens af­ter Novem­ber 25 if nei­ther La­bor nor the LNP se­cure a ma­jor­ity.

The Op­po­si­tion Leader’s po­si­tion is ac­tu­ally quite sim­ple. No Coali­tion. No shared min­istry. But he’ll play with the cards that Queens­lan­ders deal.

An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk po­si­tion, on the other hand, is much more vexed.

The Pre­mier claims that un­less vot­ers give her what she wants, she won’t play any­more.

No deals, the Pre­mier in­sists, even if that means go­ing into Op­po­si­tion.

Palaszczuk claimed the same be­fore the last elec­tion, but it turned out to be un­true.

And it would again if the num­bers fall a cer­tain way.

The al­ter­na­tive would be to send Queens­lan­ders back to elec­tion af­ter elec­tion un­til they stop vot­ing for mi­nor par­ties, which is a ridicu­lous propo­si­tion.

Lit­tle won­der Palaszczuk yes­ter­day didn’t want to talk about the im­pli­ca­tions of her no-deals dec­la­ra­tion.

She once again dis­missed ques­tions as “hy­po­thet­i­cal”, even though ev­ery­thing said in an elec­tion is sup­po­si­tion.

The fact is La­bor might be in a pos- ition to form a mi­nor­ity govern­ment and the LNP might not.

With the likely re-elec­tion of both Kat­ter’s Aus­tralian Party MPs, who worked closely with La­bor last term, and the re­mote pos­si­bil­ity of a Green, it’s a dis­tinct chance.

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to hung par­lia­ments.

But con­ven­tion dic­tates that Palaszczuk would be re­quired by the Gov­er­nor to test her num­bers.

The Work­horse RANGER XLT 4X4 DOU­BLE CAB The Show­pony

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