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Queensland election: Labor to form government as LNP concedes defeat

Queensland election: Labor to form government as LNP concedes defeat

Labor could finally claim victory in the Queensland election on Friday, nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls.

The opposition leader phoned the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, on Friday morning to advise her.

Ms Palaszczuk had been waiting for the Electoral Commission of Queensland to formally declare Labor had won the 47 seats it needed to form a majority before making the trip.

It's expected that Palaszczuk will enter her second term with a slight majority of 48 seats.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt is expected to be on the chopping block, amid reports he could be moved into the Speaker's role. Katter's Australian Party has won one seat, and the LNP has won 21.

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"I have spoken to the Whips and requested that a party room meeting be held at 2pm next Tuesday, 12 December 2017".

His former deputy Deb Frecklington has already announced she will contest the leadership, with Tim Mander her potential deputy.

A RESULT has been reached for the seat of Townsville.

Liberal National Party leader Tim Nicholls has steadfastly refused to concede defeat, amid internal jockeying about who should replace him.


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