With many seats still undecided, counting continues in Queensland to see who will form the government. Counting continues today after a winner could not be declared in the Queensland election on Saturday.
Twelve seats are still undecided and a final result may not be known for days.
Labor is tipped to win with ABC election analyst Antony Green predicting the party will pick up the 47 it needs to win a majority.
It has already won 43 seats in the 93-seat parliament and is leading in four of the undecided electorates of Aspley, Cook, Gaven and Maiwar.
At this stage One Nation is ahead in Mirani where it may pick up its only seat.
Katter’s Australia Party looks likely to pick up the seat of Hinchinbrook from the LNP and has also held on to Hill and Traeger.
It looks like two independents will also be elected. Sandra Bolton has secured Noosa and Margaret Strelow is leading in Rockhampton.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told media yesterday she was confident of picking up enough seats to form a majority Labor government.
While she stopped short of claiming victory, she noted Mr Green’s prediction that her government would be returned.
“Antony Green has called it – we are confident,” she said.
The Liberal National Party had a bad night, with a 7 per cent swing away from them.
The party has won 35 seats so far and is leading in five other seats of Bonney, Burdekin, Pumicestone, Townsville and Whitsunday.
Despite being far short of the 47 seats it needs to form government, LNP leader Tim Nicholls has not conceded.
There are already leadership rumblings but Mr Nicholls avoided questions about his future.
“I’m not going to talk about any of those sorts of things today,” he told reporters from a Brisbane cafe on Sunday.
“I’ve got some friends and supporters who are here. We’re going to celebrate a great campaign.
“Votes have been cast and we just wait for them to be counted.”
Voters also turned away from Labor but it had a smaller 1.5 per cent swing.
With 76 per cent of the vote counted, One Nation is struggling to secure one seat but it did see a massive increase in support across the state. Its primary vote increased by 12.8 per cent to reach 13.7 per cent.
This was higher than the 9.8 per cent the Greens got or the 2.1 per cent Katter’s Australia Party reached.
Many seats will come down to preferences on pre-poll and postal votes, which are up significantly on the 2015 poll.
More than 800,000 people voted before election day, according to the Queensland Electoral Commission.
A spokeswoman said absentee votes, including those lodged in nine overseas booths, also proved a logistical problem, as they need to be transported to their electorates before being counted.
The count has also been complicated by One Nation’s decision to preference the Greens last and all sitting MPs second last, as well as the reintroduction of compulsory preferential voting.
The Greens made an impact in inner Brisbane seats, coming close to picking up Maiwar and South Brisbane.