Australia Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has declared victory in the Queensland state election
Queensland border decision still coming before election, Premier says, as LNP unveil after-school care plan
The Queensland Premier says a decision on the NSW border is still coming this month, as she fends off attacks from out of state over the issue as well as a new in-land highway proposal.Speaking at the Great Barrier Reef on day 17 of the election campaign, Ms Palaszczuk hit back at NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian after comments that Queensland should pull its weight when it comes to hotel quarantine and returned travellers.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has claimed victory in the Queensland election, making her the first female party leader in the state to win three elections.
The win delivers Ms Palaszczuk the first fixed four-year parliamentary term for Queensland.
Speaking to a room of supporters at party headquarters, Ms Palaszczuk said she was confident of securing a majority government and said she was "deeply humbled" to be Premier for the next four years.
She acknowledged it has not been an easy year for "many, many people".
"For many Queenslanders, I know it's been a tough year, it's been tough not being able to see your family and friends in other states, or even around the world, as we've been in the midst of a global pandemic," she said.
Gladys Berejiklian's VERY barbed remark about Quuensland's border
Ms Palaszczuk is remaining firm on her plan to unveil when the Queensland-NSW border will reopen on Friday - the day before the state election. The NSW premier said it was 'rather cute that it's happening the day before the election', in the latest spat in their ongoing war of words. The two premiers have been at loggerheads for months after Ms Berejiklian claimed her Queensland counterpart never informed her about the border closure until it appeared on the news. 'I'm just so upset and frustrated as to why the border's been in place for so long,' she told 2GB's Ben Fordham.
"But here in Queensland we've all stood strong and united, and together we are on top of the pandemic.
"I know many people out there voted Labor for the very first time.
"I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I will return that respect every single day."
LNP leader Deb Frecklington conceded defeat at a function in Brisbane's inner-south.
Ms Palaszczuk said it was the first time two women have vied to become Premier.
"I want to commend the Leader of the Opposition for what I think has been a very good campaign," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"I think people might comment that it was a much more respectful debate than we have seen in times gone past."
Ms Frecklington said she was proud of the campaign she fought and respected the will of Queensland voters.
Palaszczuk’s popularity and performance could see Labor defy mood for change
If the polls are correct and Labor pulls off a narrow win in Queensland tomorrow, the election will be remembered as one in which the actual campaign period made a difference. © Provided by Crikey The state’s voters have looked ready to trade in their government for most of the past term, a situation that was not fundamentally transformed by its success in containing COVID-19.
"I may not agree with the Premier a lot of the time but I respect her as an opponent and as the leader of the state," she said.
"But most of all, I respect the voters of Queensland.
"Now Queenslanders have made their decision, and I thank each and every one of them for voting and upholding our democracy."
She urged the Premier to take action to grow the state's economy, create jobs and support the regions.
"I will continue to play my part in the Liberal National Party and I will continue as the leader of this great party," Ms Frecklington said.
"The LNP is going to continue to hold the Palaszczuk Government to account."
The election victory caps off a nearly four-week campaign battle against the LNP leader, which was dominated by the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout.
Video: Palaszczuk ‘will not get back in’ (Sky News Australia)
Palaszczuk ignored text from Berejiklian 'about reopening border' .
Gladys Berejiklian tried to contact Annastaszczuk Palaszczuk Sunday morning to congratulate her on the Queensland election to try to have 'that conversation' about the border.Gladys Berejiklian said she tried to contact Ms Palaszczuk Sunday morning to congratulate her on the Queensland election and to try to have 'that conversation' about the border.