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Labor ready to claim Townsville, giving the party 48 seats

7 December 2017 3:31 AM
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Labor is set to declare a win in Townsville, which would give the party 48 seats in the Queensland Parliament.

It is understood Labor will win the seat by about 200 votes and is expected to claim the victory imminently, following a formal declaration from the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

The win would return incumbent Labor MP Scott Stewart to the Parliament, defeating LNP candidate Casie Scott.

Despite the mounting evidence that Labor has won the election, LNP leader Tim Nicholls had not conceded defeat.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has not accepted victory, although it would be usual for the opposing leader to concede first.

Either party would need to win 47 seats for a majority, but 48 would give Labor a more comfortable lead.

On the numbers, the LNP would be unable to form a majority and struggle to form a minority government.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has officially declared 50 seats - 28 for Labor, one for Katter's Australian Party and 21 for the LNP.


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