Queensland election: Townsville win delivers Labor 48 seats but LNP refuses to concede

| 07.12,17. 08:04 PM |




Queensland election: Townsville win delivers Labor 48 seats but LNP refuses to concede



Photo: Scott Stewart's victory in Townsville will give Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk a two-seat majority in parliament. (ABC News: Leonie Mellor)

The embattled LNP leader Tim Nicholls is again refusing to concede he has lost the Queensland election, despite Labor winning its 48th seat.

The ABC's election computer has awarded the knife-edge seat of Townsville to sitting Labor MP Scott Stewart over the LNP's Casie Scott.

That gives Labor a more comfortable majority of 48 seats over the LNP's 39.

In his victory speech this afternoon Mr Stewart said he won by 214 votes.

Contacted by the ABC today, the LNP again refused to concede defeat, and said the party was waiting on results from other north Queensland seats.

Mr Stewart said it was clear the LNP could not form government.

"I think Tim Nicholls should stand up, make that phone call, and concede today," he said.


"It's a very clear message now from the people of Queensland about what their preference is, 48 seats going to Labor.

"I'm sure [Annastacia Palaszczuk] is waiting on a phone call from Tim Nicholls to concede. Whether he will do today, it's up to Tim to decide that."

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has yet to claim victory, 12 days after Queenslanders went to the polls.

The Greens this morning secured their first win at a Queensland election, claiming the seat of Maiwar.

The LNP's ousted member Scott Emerson conceded defeat last week but Labor and the Greens' Michael Berkman had been fighting it out on preferences.

The LNP had initially been well ahead on primary votes, but lost what was a blue ribbon seat on the distribution of preferences

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