April 25, 2018
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Nobody won because Queenslanders turned on the major parties

Queensland's election result is far from certain, with neither Labor nor the LNP picking up enough seats to form government in their own right.

One in three Queenslanders sent a message to the major parties directing their vote elsewhere, muddying the waters and leaving the state with the prospect of a hung parliament.

The ABC's election analyst Antony Green labelled the result as "wacky", saying it was one of the toughest elections to call in his nearly 30-year career.

One Nation got votes, but not effective ones

Pauline Hanson says she's disappointed, but adamant One Nation is

In terms of primary votes, Labor and the LNP have both lost ground this election.

And according to Saturday night's figures, One Nation picked up about 14 per cent of votes across the state — that's more than 290,000.

Pauline Hanson said it was a "fantastic outcome" and they had pulled 20 to 30 per cent of votes in some regional areas.

But that will make little difference to the makeup of the Parliament, with the minor party far from guaranteed to pick up any of the 93 seats on offer.

Malcolm Roberts, the former One Nation senator parachuted into Ipswich, and Buderim MP Steve Dickson both fell well short in their electorates.

However, One Nation is in with a good shot in the central Queensland seat of Mirani, where candidate Stephen Andrew could get over the line.

Sam Cox is also an outside chance to win Burdekin in north Queensland, where the primary votes were almost split evenly between the LNP, Labor and One Nation.

Labor, LNP take positives from the result

Tim Nicholls signals he will work with crossbenchers in a hung parliament. (Image: AAP/Tracey Nearmy)

Whether it was a tad insincere or just sunny optimism, members of Labor and the LNP came away from Saturday talking up their performances.

Annastacia Palaszczuk beamed as she said this election was "like climbing Mount Everest all over again"

However she stopped short of claiming outright victory.

"I remain confident we will be able to form a majority Labor government once all the votes are counted," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Meanwhile, Tim Nicholls was more circumspect when he acknowledged neither Labor or his party had secured a majority.

"Queenslanders have not responded to Labor and the union movements' scare campaign or their demand for a majority or nothing else," he said.

The Greens have struggled outside Brisbane

Despite impressive showings in the inner-city electorates, the Greens found it tough to get much traction outside Brisbane.

External Link: Tweet: @abcbrisbane: "It's a bloody amazing swing to the @QldGreens​"

"The Greens have done very well in inner Brisbane which is clearly what they targeted and that must be acknowledged," Antony Green said.

"They haven't done well outside of the south-east. Have a look at regional Queensland, the Greens only have 5.8 per cent."

The Greens' best chance of picking up a seat is in Maiwar, a new inner-city electorate where their candidate is neck-and-neck with Labor in the race for second place.

Even though the LNP's Scott Emerson leads on first preferences, Antony Green has called the seat for either Labor on the Greens.

Meanwhile the Greens' Amy MacMahon, who came close to defeating Deputy Premier Jackie Trad in South Brisbane, said she was pleased with the "bloody amazing" swing her party received.

"I think the party has never been in a stronger position," she declared.

There's still a lot of counting to be done

Only 69 per cent of the total votes were counted on Saturday night.

Hard-working staff at the Electoral Commission of Queensland will be back counting at 9:00am on Sunday, where they will sort through any remaining ballots cast on Saturday as well as about 400,000 postal votes. That could take up to 10 days.

The compulsory preferential voting system introduced this election will also slow things down.

The ECQ will need to check preferences to determine winners in seats where no candidate secured 50 per cent of primary votes.

"It is the bronze medallist deciding who gets silver or gold," Green quipped on Saturday night.

Will we eventually have a clear winner?

Antony Green says that without a

Possibly not, and that's where things will get tricky.

Expect political spin from the two major parties to go into hyperdrive if neither manages to get the 47 seats needed to govern outright.

On November 20, Ms Palaszczuk vowed not to accept the support of One Nation, the Greens or the Katter's Australian Party (KAP).

But on Saturday night, she changed her tune as KAP looked poised to win two seats.

"I will never sell out the needs of Queenslanders by doing a deal with One Nation," she said, failing to mention the other parties.

LNP Leader Tim Nicholls, who has appeared more open to working with crossbenchers, was quick to ramp up the pressure on Ms Palaszczuk.

"Let's be clear about what her promise was. The promise was no deals with the Katters, no deal was the Greens, no deal was the minor parties and no deal was the independents. The question for Annastacia Palaszczuk is: Will she keep her word?"

Antony Green says if Labor gets more seats but no majority and Ms Palaszczuk refuses to work with other parties, they could be forced into government.

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