UPDATE @ 10.40PM | Deb Frecklington concedes, vows to stay on as leader
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has conceded defeat but maintains she wants to stay on as LNP leader.
Ms Frecklington congratulated Annastacia Palaszczuk and thanked her own team, admitting that now “is not their time.”
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“Now I may not agree with the Premier a lot of the time but I respect her as an opponent and as the leader of our state. But most of all I respect the voters of Queensland. And we are so privileged to live in this democracy.
“Now, Queenslanders have made their decision, and I thank each and every one of them for voting and for upholding our democracy. This decision is respected by the Liberal National Party. And I am so proud of the campaign that we have fought.
Ms Frecklington told supporters the LNP laid out a positive plan but it was not enough.
“But, ladies and gentlemen, Queensland still needs a plan. We’re in the middle of an economic crisis and it is far from over. So for Queensland’s sake, I urge the Premier, I urge the Premier, to taking action to grow our economy and to create jobs in this state. I urge the Premier to support our most important industries and I urge the Premier to support the regions.”
Ms Frecklington insists she has no plans to stand down.
“Now, I promise that the Liberal National Party will continue to play its part in our democracy. And I will continue to play my part in the Liberal National Party and I will continue as the leader of this great party.
“Now, the LNP is going to continue to hold the Palaszczuk government to account. We will speak up for those who have been forgotten and left behind. We’re going to fight for the families of this great state because families mean more than anything.”
UPDATE @ 10.20PM | Annastacia Palaszczuk claims victory in Queensland state election.
Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked the people of Queensland after winning a third term in government.
Ms Palaszczuk addressed supporters in her electorate of Inala a short time ago.
Unusually, she spoke before Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington was able to publicly concede defeat.
Ms Palaszczuk says she was confident she would be able to form a majority government.
“Most importantly, can I acknowledge the people of Queensland. It has not been an easy year for many, many people. For many Queenslanders, I know it has been an incredibly tough year. It has been tough not being able to see your family and friends in other states, or even around the world, as we’ve been in the midst of a global pandemic. But here in Queensland we’ve all stood strong and united,
and together we are on top of the pandemic, and if we continue to work together, we will stay strong,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“This year has been tough because of COVID. Many, many people have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. I know that during this election, there are many people out there in Queensland who have voted Labor for the very first time. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will return that respect every single day.
“Queensland is the best place on Earth and it is the best state in Australia!”
It’s been tough. There has been people that have, for example, in aged care that have not been able to go out and do their normal things and see their family. We’ve had people in hospitals who have been sick and haven’t been able to see their friends and family as well. COVID has taken an incredible toll.
But Queenslanders stood strong. We kept Queenslanders safe. And I want to thank Queenslanders for the work that you have done. I am humbled and – deeply humbled that I am the Premier of this great state and you placed your faith in me for the next four years.
UPDATE @ 9.45PM | ABC election expert Antony Green has called the election for Labor.
Mr Green says there is no scenario where the LNP can form a government.
He says it still remains to be seen whether Labor can get to the 47 seats required to form government or whether it will be forced to negotiate with minor parties, something Annastacia Palaszczuk said she would not do.
But on current projections, Labor is likely to end up with 50 seats in the parliament.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington is set to address supporters shortly and concede defeat.
UPDATE @ 8.40PM | Pre-poll and postal votes are set to decide a number of seats on the Gold Coast.
In the seat of Burleigh with 34% of the vote counted, Labor’s Wayne Bartholomew is narrowly in front of the LNP’s Michael Hart.
While Mr Hart leads on first preferences, Mr Bartholomew holds the slimmest of leads after preferences, 50.1% to 49.9%.
Labor’s Kaylee Campradt has nudged in front in the seat of Currumbin with 34% of the vote counted there.
Ms Campradt is ahead after preferences, leading Laura Gerber 50.8% to 49.2%.
The LNP’s Mark Boothman has nudged ahead in Thoedore, but next door in the seat of Coomera the LNP’s Michael Crandon now narrowly trails Labor candidate Chris Johnson.
Even the race for Southport has tightened with sitting LNP MP Rob Molhoek on 51.8% to Labor’s Susie Gallagher on 48.2%.
However modelling predicts Mr Molhoek to pull further ahead.
UPDATE @ 7.45PM | Labor cruising towards election victory
Annastacia Palaszczuk is on track to win a third term and retain her majority.
The LNP has failed to make a dent in the must-win seats across the state, and is struggling to hold onto others, including on the Gold Coast.
The LNP is now narrowly ahead in Currumbin and only just ahead in Coomera but trail in Burleigh and Theodore.
The LNP will retain the seats of Bonney, Broadwater, Mermaid Beach, Mudgeeraba, Southport and Surfers Paradise.
Labor’s Meaghan Scanlon will hang onto the seat of Gaven after seeing a 4.5% swing towards her.
Elsewhere across the state, Labor is set to hold onto all its seats in Townsville in Cairns, seats the LNP needed to win if it had any chance of winning the election.
The LNP is also set to lose the seat of Caloundra while former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will lose her seat of South Brisbane to the Greens.
The current state of play sees Labor with 39 seats, the LNP 13, Katter’s Australia Party 3, the Greens 2, One Nation 1 and independent 1 with 28 seats still in doubt.
UPDATE @ 7.30PM | The LNP is in trouble in the northern Gold Coast seat of Theodore.
Sitting MP Mark Boothman trails Labor’s Tracey Bell in early counting.
With just under 9% of the vote counted, Labor has 40.6% of the first preference vote, a swing of 9.2%.
Mr Boothman has 38.6% of the first preference vote with Labor ahead after preferences 51.7% – 48.3%
UPDATE @ 7.15PM | The LNP’s Laura Gerber is remaining positive despite early signs of trouble for the sitting Currumbin MP.
With 16.6% of the vote counted, Ms Gerber has 37.8% of the first preference vote with the ALP’s Kaylee Campradt on 34.9%.
“It’s very tight. It’s marginal and every vote will count. I’m excited. I’ve had a great day. I’ve worked hard, given it 100%, left nothing in the tank,” Ms Gerber told the ABC.
She said the issue of borders has been a major factor in Currumbin.
“Everyone has been affected by it. So most of the Currumbin community have been really politically engaged because of that, and they’ve seen the politics at play on the border.
“For that reason they’ve understood that that border is actually not keeping anyone safe, that it’s being used as a political tool by the Labor Party in a re-election campaign. And it’s been really, really concerning for the people of Currumbin.”
UPDATE @ 6.55PM | Labor has jumped out of the blocks in the seat of Burleigh.
With 3.7% of the vote counted, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew has 36% of the first preference vote with sitting LNP MP Michael Hart with 32.5%.
After preferences, Labor leads on 53.7%.
In Bonney, the LNP’s Sam O’Connor has enjoyed a strong start to early counting.
With 2.8% of the vote counted, the LNP has 49.1% of the first preference vote compared to Labor’s Ash Borg with 34.3%.
After preferences, Mr O’Connor is sitting on 62.7%.
UPDATE @ 6.45PM | The first results for the crucial Gold Coast seat of Currumbin have started to filter through.
With 3.4% of the vote counted, the LNP’s Laura Gerber has 35.43% of the first preference vote with Labor’s Kaylee Campradt holding 32.16%.
The Greens’ Peter Burgoyne has secured just under 15% of first preference votes, with Independent Richard Stuckey on 5%,One Nation on 4.4% and Anna Palmer on 2.2%
That represents an early 4.6 per cent swing to Labor which would see them snatch the seat if that continues.
But it’s very early days.
EARLIER @ 6.00PM | Polls have just closed across Queensland in what is seen as the most important election in a generation.
Only a third of voters were expected to turn out on election day with an estimated 1.2 million people voting early.
Counting will now get underway with the first meaningful results expected to filter in within the hour.
The magic number is 47. That’s the number of seats required to form a majority government. Currently Labor has 48, the LNP 38, Katter’s Australia Party three, while One Nation, the Greens, North Queensland First and independent Sandy Bolton each hold one seat.
A Newspoll released this morning shows Labor leading the LNP 51.5 to 48.5 after preferences.
If replicated across the state, that would see a very small swing to Labor which would see it win a third term and retain majority government.
But with different regions of the state affected by different issues, most experts are predicting the result to be tight and a hung parliament the most likely outcome.
myGC will keep you updated throughout the night as results come in.