Queensland election 2015: Squabble over keys to Executive Building
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Labor MP Jackie Trad says former premier Campbell Newman must must resign his commission “by 6.01pm” on Tuesday. Photo: Harrison Saragossi LNP leader Lawrence Springborg says his party can provide Queensland with stability until the election result is clear. Photo: Renee Melides
Labor has hit go on the countdown clock for Campbell Newman’s premiership, claiming he must resign his commission “by 6.01pm” on Tuesday.
The Electoral Commission of Queensland is set to declare seats at 6pm and Labor’s Jackie Trad said Mr Newman must resign as premier the very next minute.
While the Ferny Grove result will be sent to the Court of Disputed Returns, where a by-election is expected to be the likely outcome, results can still be declared in the meantime.
The LNP is expected to be named as the winner in 42 seats, while Labor can claim 44. Independent Peter Wellington announced last week he would support Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s party in parliament.
“And that means that Labor is the only party in Queensland that can pass laws through the Queensland parliament, we are the only party that can actually offer stability over the next three years,” Ms Trad told Fairfax Radio 4BC.
“Lawrence Springborg is not the caretaker premier. Campbell Newman is the caretaker premier.
“And come 6.01pm tomorrow evening, he must resign his commission to the governor.
“And the governor then needs to make a decision about who he calls to Government House to give a commission to.”
Newly elected LNP leader Lawrence Springborg, who is taking on the role as party leader for the fourth time, accused Labor of “trying to snatch the keys to the Executive Building”.
When the LNP was elected in 2012, it moved into the government’s George Street headquarters the very next day, but Mr Springborg urged Labor to be cautious, given the “unprecedented” Ferny Grove situation.
It is believed to be the first time in Queensland’s political history where a seat is known to be disputed before it has been called. The situation in Mundingburra did not come to light until after it had been declared.
“You could have the possibility of the government changing in the next few days and then changing again in the next month or so,” Mr Springborg said.
“So there is an argument around stability, and people shouldn’t jump the gun with regards to this as well.
“But I think the other important thing with this that we need to think about, Labor, there is almost an indecent haste and expectation from them that they should grab the keys of government. All we are saying is this needs to be properly done.”
Mr Springborg said there was nothing stopping the caretaker government continuing until a result was absolutely clear.
“The important thing is we can offer stability,” he said of the LNP.
“There is nothing that is required for the machinery of government to go on, for our hospitals, for our schools, for police to do their job.
“And the other thing which is very, very important with regards to this is if there is a need for a major decision outside, within the caretaker provisions, then you consult the opposition.
“So I think it’s clear that Queenslanders know what the result will be, but we can be stable.
“And the other thing of course that my colleagues on the weekend indicated quite clearly, [is] that they were prepared to support experience, and competence and stability, going forward. And we also have a plan regardless of what happened with Strong Choices, which we took to the people of Queensland, which was clearly rejected. We gave them a chance to judge a major policy, asset leasing is dead and buried, that’s it, Queenslanders know what our plans are.”
But Ms Trad said the LNP was “trying to hold on to power”.
“What happened on the 31st of January was the LNP lost the election,” she said.
“They are now – in an arrogant and dismissive way – they are still not listening to Queenslanders, trying to hold on to power.
“Campbell Newman needs to resign his commission. The governor then needs to make a decision.
“Any way you look at it, the seats that will be declared 6pm tomorrow evening gives Labor 44 seats.
“And with the support of Peter Wellington, Labor has 45 seats. That means Labor can pass laws in this state. That means Labor can govern with stability and clarity for the people of Queensland. The LNP cannot make that claim.”
Mr Wellington took to Facebook to lambast Mr Springborg for attempting to delay a decision, saying a decision could take up to a year.
“Ferny Grove could face a by-election after a Court hearing or the Court may decide that the preferences were so insignificant that a by-election is not necessary,” Mr Wellington wrote on his Facebook page.
“The timeframe for this decision is uncertain. It could take over 12 months and it is unreasonable to expect Queensland to remain in a state of limbo until the outcome is known.
“It is farcical for the new Leader of the LNP to seek to hold on to power until then leaving the Newman appointed senior public servants to govern the State.
“The Governor has the responsibility to hand the reins of government to whoever is able to deliver the 45 seats and should not be drawn into hypothetical scenarios involving the future of the electorate of Ferny Grove.”
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