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LNP under pressure to concede Qld election

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December 07, 2017

QLD Labor expected to win the seat of Townsville with incumbent Scott Stewart to be declared winner.

Labor looks certain to take majority government in Queensland following last month's state election, but the LNP is yet to concede defeat in the tightly fought race.

After declaring victory in the key seat of Townsville on Thursday, Labor is on track to win 48 seats, which would give it a two-seat majority in the new 93-seat parliament.

In his victory speech on Thursday, Townsville Labor incumbent Scott Stewart called on LNP Leader Tim Nicholls to concede defeat and allow Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to form government.

"I'm sure she is waiting for a phone call from Tim Nicholls to concede," Mr Stewart told reporters in Townsville.

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

Convention dictates the premier wait for Mr Nicholls to concede before declaring victory but the LNP insists it will wait for the final result in a number of marginal electorates, including Thuringowa and Mundingburra, which are neighbours to Townsville.

A concession from Mr Nicholls is expected to be on Friday at the earliest.

Re-elected LNP Member for Southport Rob Molhoek told reporters on Thursday the party would then need to make a decision about who would lead them going forward.

"There will be a full party-room meeting next week once all the seats have been declared and that'll be a tough one for us to tussle through," Mr Molhoek said.

"Disappointing election results always bring about hard-nosed discussions and I'm sure there'll be a few hard-nosed discussions in the party room next week about leadership."

The LNP is on track to secure 39 seats to Labor's 48, with Katter's Australian Party claiming three seats, the Greens and One Nation picking up one electorate each, and independent Sandy Bolton taking the seat of Noosa.

The Greens are celebrating after Michael Berkman became the party's first MP elected to Queensland Parliament after Ronan Lee defected from Labor to the minor party in 2008 only to be voted out in 2009.

Mr Berkman says he will not know how much influence he will hold until the final result is obtained but is confident he can make a difference.

"Obviously the final numbers are going to determine what role we might play but we've seen time and again just how influential a single Greens voice can be, whether it's in council chamber or in the federal parliament," he said.

One Nation was also confirmed on Thursday to have taken the central Queensland seat of Mirani off Labor's Jim Pearce, although the one-seat result is a far cry from the 10 to 15 the party had been predicting heading into the election.

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