February 10, 2015 – 8:54PM
Queensland state political reporter
Campbell Newman has tendered his resignation as Queensland Premier.
But he will remain as caretaker Premier until Queensland has an answer as to who will govern the state.
It is a question which has been left open since the January 31 election.
Labor Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk arrives at Government House on Tuesday. Photo: Nick Wiggins/4BC
A hour after Mr Newman tweeted his intention to visit the Governor, a statement was released.
“This morning I tended [sic] my resignation as Premier of Queensland to his Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, pending the appointment of a new Premier,” he said.
Campbell Newman has resigned as premier. Photo: Glenn Hunt/Getty Images
“In accordance with my constitutional duty, I have agreed it is my obligation to remain in office as caretaker Premier until that time.
“It is a duty I take very seriously and one I will continue to undertake to the best of my ability.
Not to be outdone, Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk also tweeted her intention to visit the Governor later in the afternoon.
She said it was a “courtesy call” to update His Excellency on the situation.
Earlier, newly-elected Liberal National Party leader Lawrence Springborg said “delicate” discussions with the two Katter’s Australian Party MPs were continuing.
Mr Springborg, LNP president Bruce McIver, and Katter’s Australian Party founder Bob Katter were spotted meeting at Waterfront Place in Brisbane’s CBD but left when spotted by the media.
Katter said they would wait until seats had been declared before announcing their support.
The third crossbencher, long-term Independent Peter Wellington, has already thrown his support behind Labor which would give the party the numbers needed to govern.
While counting continues, the LNP is expected to win 42 seats and Labor, 44.
A spokesman for Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said they were still watching and waiting on the seat count.
The LNP is pushing for the state to remain in caretaker mode until all seats have been declared – including Ferny Grove, the result of which has already been disputed and is headed to the Court of Disputed Returns as soon as the count is finished.
The Palmer United candidate was discovered to be an undischarged bankrupt and therefore unable to stand for office.
It is understood to be the first time in modern political history that an election result has been disputed before the seat has been declared.
If the court declares the Palmer candidate’s votes affected on the seat’s result, it could declare it void, sparking a by-election.
That would be the only chance the LNP has to retain power. It would need to win the by-election and then win the support of the two Katter party MPs to form government.
The pair released a list of 21 priorities on Monday, among them, the right to move on fruit bats, an ethanol mandated percentage in fuel and an inland highway.
A spokesman for the Electoral Commission of Queensland said 10 seats had been declared already and electorates would continue to be progressively declared as the count was finalised.
That was not expected to happen on Tuesday.
On Monday, an ECQ spokesman said the count was not expected to be finished in all seats until the end of the week.
Caretaker provisions continue to remain in place.
A spokeswoman for Mr Springborg said Mr Newman’s actions were “consistent with what the LNP has said”.
“The LNP respects the office of the Governor and this is a matter for the Governor not politicians,” she said.
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Source : The Brisbane Times