Queensland State Election Summary for Saturday Night November 25
Projection for a current break down seat in parliament for Labor 43, LNP 38 Other 2 and One Nation 0 with 10 not clear
This election there has been a drop in support for the major parties a rounded -2% against labor at 35.3%, -7.6% against the LNP at 33.4%, One Nation at 13.6% and Greens 9.9 %
Labor will end up with more seats than LNP, majority unclear. 93 seats are up for grabs, the parties need 47 for a majority
360,000 postal votes to be counted.
The Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk speech:
Annastacia Palaszczuk went to the election asking for stability at her press conference while not claiming victory, is confident of being re-elected with the minimum required 47 seats for a majority but Queensland will have to wait a few days before all the votes are counted before claiming a win.
A possible state Constitutional Crisis looming?:
The big question now is even if Labor does not win a 47-seat majority, it may be forced to remain in government, according to ABC election analyst Antony Green.
"There's a high probability that Labor won't get to 47 and they're going to fall short, but there's no clear alternative government and in those circumstances the Government can't resign," he said.
"David Bartlett tried that in 2010 in Tasmania — advised that Michael Hodgman become premier, and the [Tasmanian] Governor rejected the advice because there is no point appointing somebody as premier who's going to go to the floor of the parliament and promptly lose.
"So despite what Labor said, if they have the most seats, they will probably have to face government."
Green said with no obvious coalition of alternate parties, the Liberal National Party could not present the Queensland Governor with an acceptable alternative.
"The Premier has to advise somebody be approached but if Tim Nicholls is the leader and he doesn't have an agreement with the crossbenches, you can't advise him to become premier.
"That's what happened in Tasmania in 2010 where David Bartlett asked the governor to appoint the opposition leader as the new premier before facing Parliament and the Governor said, 'no, you can't that, there's no certainty that he can govern'.
"The current [Queensland] Government may well have to go to the Parliament. It's different from last time because Annastacia Palaszczuk could clearly form government and could face Parliament."
"The mechanism to get a new election is a process that takes several weeks, that involves votes of no confidence and attempts to try and cancel the votes of no confidence."So basically unless the two sides of politics believe that it's in their best interests to go to another election, it's very difficult to get another election.
"You need a vote of no confidence in one government and then an inability to cancel that vote of no confidence or the ability to express confidence in another government.
"So that's the procedure that's been adopted with the fixed-term parliaments, so if there's no clear government out of today, then, you know, the question is whether this parliament would last three years and how you get out of it."