Posted September 10, 2018 14:20:50 Queensland’s political landscape has been turned upside down in the wake of the election, with the Premier announcing he will call an early election.
Key points: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced she will call early election in Queensland’s State Parliament today to avoid a hung parliament Queensland’s political map has been redrawn after Mr Palaszone’s resignation The result will not be declared until at least Thursday night, after an emergency sitting of the legislature The Premier announced her decision to call a general election today, despite the fact she cannot get the Labor Party to agree to an election within 48 hours.
Queers have been left wondering how the state will hold on to its premiership after Mr Palmer announced he was resigning as Premier last month, leaving the state without a leader and facing a hung Parliament.
Mr Palaszon said he would call an election to allow the State Government to get its act together.
He told Parliament the Queensland Government’s mandate was “too important” to be compromised.
“The Queensland Government has a mandate of delivering the Queensland of today,” he said.
“[And] the mandate of our Government is too important to be jeopardised by any delay in getting it done.
There is a huge amount of uncertainty in the state.”
Mr Palmer’s resignation came after Queensland Premier Annabelle Pulford said she would call a snap election to avoid an election in which she would be forced to call an emergency session of the Legislature to seek approval for a $15 per hour minimum wage.
Ms Pulford’s decision angered Labor Party Queensland leader Luke Foley who said it was a sign of disrespect to the people of Queensland.
In a statement, Mr Foley said Mr Palmer was a “bigot who doesn’t respect Queenslanders or the Government of Queensland”.
Queues erupted in anger outside the Queensland Parliament today, as some voters were forced to sit out of their seats.
Labor leader Luke Farrar said he was disappointed in the way the Premier had been treated.
The Opposition has been campaigning against Mr Palazzo’s decision to resign, with members calling for him to resign.
A number of Queenslanders have also started to protest outside Parliament, including Mr Foley’s father-in-law, who was in attendance with his children.
They called on the Government to allow a free vote to be held on whether to extend the state’s three-month election period.
Many Queenslanders also took to social media to express their displeasure, with people posting memes and memes of Mr Foley as a puppet for the Premier.
While Mr Foley, who is also a former Premier, has made it clear that he will not return to the Queensland political scene, Mr Palaczuk said she was still determined to make her mark on Queensland politics.
She said the next step was for the State Parliament to meet on Thursday to discuss the next steps.
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