Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she now has a clear mandate to pursue her jobs and economic programs, after claiming majority government a fortnight after the state election.
All seats have now been declared by the Electoral Commission of Queensland, with Labor winning 48 – a two-seat majority in the new 93-seat parliament.
The LNP hung on to 39, Katter’s Australian Party picked up three, the Greens and One Nation one each, and independent Sandy Bolton won Noosa.
The win makes Ms Palaszczuk the most successful female politician in Australian history, having taken the party from just seven seats after the 2012 election to minority government in 2015, and now a second term with a majority.
The premier, beaming despite suffering a bout of post-campaign flu, said she was “humbled” by the trust Queenslanders had placed in her, and she planned on repaying it.
“It’s something I asked for and it’s something that has been delivered and I plan to work incredibly hard for the people of this great state,” the premier told reporters on Friday.
“I won’t let you down.”
There’s expected to be a major cabinet reshuffle in the wake of the election win, with Curtis Pitt expected to be moved from the Treasury portfolio, possibly to the speaker’s role.
Ms Palaszczuk confirmed she was looking at “four senior economic ministers” as part of the reshuffle on Monday, with the government to be sworn in on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Liberal National Party opposition faces a choice between generational change or an experienced pair of hands to lead it, after Tim Nicholls announced he was resigning.
His former deputy Deb Frecklington has announced she will contest the leadership, with Tim Mander her potential deputy.
Former LNP leader John Paul Langbroek has also put his hand up for the role again, while Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan has indicated he will seek the deputy’s spot, although it’s not clear if the two will contest as a team.
If Ms Frecklington succeeds and can hang on for a term, it will set up Queensland’s first all-woman premiership contest.
“My nomination offers an opportunity for the LNP to take a fresh approach that will allow us to reconnect with our community … with common sense ideas that will drive Queensland forward,” Ms Frecklington said in a statement.
The re-elected premier issued a stark warning about the merged party’s prospects if it doesn’t elect Ms Frecklington as its new chief.
“If the LNP does not back Deb Frecklington, I fear that the Nationals will break away from the LNP,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
But the Labor leader declared it didn’t matter who the LNP chose to oppose her.
“I’ve stared down Campbell Newman, I’ve stared down Lawrence Springborg, I’ve stared down Tim Nicholls.”
“So who’s next?”