Annastacia Palaszczuk
Annastacia Palaszczuk Pamela Frost

Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed as Queensland Premier

UPDATE: 

QUEENSLAND Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has been confirmed as the state's new Premier with a new interim ministry tol be sworn in tomorrow.

With the support of independent Peter Wellington, Labor had the majority 45 seats.

It did not take long for Annastacia Palaszczuk to make her way to Government House.

Her meeting with the Governor occurred less than two hours after all the seats were declared.

"The Governor has invited me to form Government," she said, as she left Government House.

"I have accepted that offer.

"It is an extremely humbling experience and tomorrow the interim ministry will be sworn in here at Government House."

Following the 2012 election, former premier Campbell Newman was sworn in along with two other min-isters, for an interim period, until a full Cabinet was announced.

While Ms Palaszczuk met with the Governor, the ECQ released a statement saying it would not take the controversial seat of Ferny Grove to court.

During counting, it was revealed Palmer United Party candidate Mark Tav-erner was an undischarged bankrupt and ineligible to run. There was debate of how his votes could have affected the outcome of the closely contested Ferny Grove seat, which Labor's Mark Furner secured.

But the ECQ said it had received expert legal advice and would not lodge the petition to the court.

"Having regard to the final count in Ferny Grove, the winning margin, the number of votes for the PUP candidate, and the distribution of preferences, the commission will not be making an application to the Court of Disputed Returns," the statement read.

"As an independent statutory organisation, the commission upholds the highest standards of integrity to administer impartial and democratic elections in Queensland."

The LNP had hopes for a by-election in the seat. If it secured the seat, it would have had 43 seats and would have been able to form a government with the support of two Katter's Australian Party MPs.

 LNP state director Brad Henderson said it might continue with possible legal action.

"The LNP has been proceeding on the basis that the ECQ would refer the Ferny Grove election result to the Court of Disputed Returns as it indicated last week following revelations that the PUP candidate was ineligible," he said.

"Following the ECQ's change of mind, the party will now consider its position and seek its own legal advice on whether the matter should be referred to court."

LNP leader Lawrence Springborg publicly congratulated Ms Palaszczuk on her win last night. He also said the people of Queensland clearly spoke for an election of a new parliament.

"We're absolutely privileged to live in a fantastic and functioning democracy where the people of Queensland have the opportunity to be able to choose their gov-ernment at the ballot box, as they did on January 31," he said.

"And whilst the people of Queensland chose a minority government that nevertheless indicates that we have a very strong and functioning government in the state of Queensland."

 

EARLIER: Labor secures 44 seats, to form government with Wellington

THE wait is finally over. All 89 Queensland seats have been officially declared this afternoon with Labor securing 44 and the LNP finishing on 42.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland finished declaring all 89 seats at about 2.15pm this afternoon.

Labor officially has 44 seats and with the support of Independent of Peter Wellington, it has a 45-seat majority to be able to form government.

Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and Governor Paul de Jersey are expected to meet to discuss the formation of a Labor government but it is unclear when this will take place.

A spokeswoman for LNP leader Lawrence Springborg has indicated they would not be commenting this afternoon at this stage.



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