Palaszczuk has green light to govern at last
AFTER 13 days in limbo, Queensland finally has a government with a new interim Labor ministry to be sworn in this morning.
Also, it was revealed yesterday the Electoral Commission of Queensland will not take the outcome of Ferny Grove to the Court of Disputed Returns.
The ECQ finished declaring all 89 seats by 2.15pm yesterday, with Labor securing 44 and the LNP 42.
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 yesterday, 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 ministers, 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 Taverner 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 yesterday, 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.
The LNP had hoped for a by-election in the seat. Yesterday, LNP state director Brad Henderson said it might continue with possible legal action.