POLL FIGHT: Annastacia back, Frecklington's speech fail

A victorious Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked the people of Queensland as she declared victory in the 2020 state election but experts have been left 'gob smacked' by opposition leader Deb Frecklington's speech fail.

Ms Frecklington made the extraordinary move to make her concession speech at the exact time Ms Palaszczuk was making her victory speech in front of a cheering crowd.

The move left political analysts 'gob smacked' saying they'd never seen it before and her advisers had failed her.

Ms Palaszczuk has won a historic third term with Labor recording a 4.9 per cent swing across the state while the LNP and One Nation vote tanked.

But her former deputy premier Jackie Trad has been swept out of parliament by a Greens surge in South Brisbane, pushed on by LNP preferences flowing to the minor party.

Ms Palaszczuk said 'Queensland was the best place on earth' as she fronted her supporters.

She said her team would 'roll up our sleeves and get back to work as quickly as possible' to help the economy recover from COVID.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

She said Queenslanders had made their decision, that it was respected by the LNP and she would continue as leader of the party.

"I'm so proud of the campaign that we have fought," she said.

"I'm so proud of the 93 candidates that ran the good race."

She said they had outlined a positive plan for the state to secure the next generation.

"It has not been an easy year for many many Queenslanders, but we have stood together strong and united," she said". "If we work together we will stay strong."

Labor had the best of the early returns, recording swings towards them in some of their key targets of Currumbin and Burleigh on the Gold Coast and Hervey Bay, north of Brisbane while gaining Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast plus Pumicestone.

They have retained their vulnerable electorates of Barron River, in Cairns, Mansfield and Aspley in Brisbane and is likely to retain Mundingburra in Townsville.

Two more marginal seats in Townsville - Thurungowa and Townsville - were still on a knife's edge.

And the LNP are recording swings across the southeast corner that could end Deb Frecklington's leadership of the conservative party.


  • Annastacia Palaszczuk has been returned to a third term with Labor recording swings across the state
  • Controversial former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has lost her South Brisbane seat to the Greens' Amy MacMahon
  • The One Nation vote is collapsing - down 9.6 per cent across the state with votes flowing to Labor
  • Police Minister and MP for Morayfield Mark Ryan is surging ahead early with 53.86 per cent of the votes
  • LNP in trouble in Currumbin and Caloundra
  • Up to 20 booths delayed counting due to storm damage

The Courier-Mail and Sky News will call the winners first in unmissable seat-by-seat coverage and will bring in-depth analysis as the night unfolds.

2020 QLD state election results 


Two party preferred
  • LNP 0
  • ALP 0
  • ONP 0
  • UAP 0
  • KAP 0
  • OTH 0
  • GRN 0
Called seats




Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

Labor in shock Hervey Bay win

Labor has claimed a surprise victory in the seat of Hervey Bay, with LNP candidate Steve Coleman unable to replicate the magic which served retiring member Ted Sorensen so well since 2009.

At the time of publication, Labor's Adrian Tantari had secured 51.8 per cent of the vote, an enormous come-from-behind swing of 10.9 per cent.

Hervey Bay was one of the original 11 seats which fell to One Nation in the historic 1998 State Election, but this year support for the minor party collapsed.

Candidate Damian Huxham, who received 25.2 per cent of the vote in 2017, only received 12.2 per cent of the vote at the time of publication.

It continued a trend of One Nation collapse right across the state - the 13.9 per cent vote they received in 2017 had shrunk to less than seven per cent this year, with many prodigal Labor voters returning back to the fold.

Run Rabbit run. Picture: Scott Powick
Run Rabbit run. Picture: Scott Powick

Surfer Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew on verge of upset in seat of Burleigh

Surfer Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew looks set to swap the waves for the Queensland parliament.

The three-time world champion is nipping at the heels of LNP incumbent Michael Hart for the Gold Coast seat of Currumbin.

Mr Bartholomew, who has lived on the coast for more than 60 years, is hoping to turn the seat red.

The Labor MP hopeful has secured 53 per cent of the primary vote, compared to the LNP's 46 per cent.

On preferences, the race is too tight to call.

Mr Bartholomew said he was well equipped for a life in politics.

"I just see this as a natural extension of what I've been doing for decades," he told Channel 9, referring to his different roles in the community.

The conservationist also drew some resemblances between surfing and his new career path.

"Sport's rough and tumble…so is politics," he said.

"Let's go."

Commentator and for radio shockjock Alan Jones told Sky News viewers that the seat of Burleigh was a "hot bed of anger over high rise development in areas such as Palm Beach".

Newman sticks boot into Frecklington after huge LNP defeat

Former Premier Campbell Newman has unloaded on his own party, sticking the boot into opposition leader Deb Frecklington after a huge defeat.

"Spare me the COVID-19 excuse for what's happening tonight in Queensland," he tweeted. "The LNP primary vote was 36 per cent a year ago. We had a problem prior to the pandemic."

Mr Newman, who led the LNP to an astonishing victory in 2012 before losing after just one term in power, said on Sky News' election panel that Ms Frecklington failed to to capitalise on negative sentiment towards Annastacia Palaszczuk's tough border stance in tourism-dependent communities.

"The people there should understand that it's been extremely bad for their livelihoods, and that's the way you've got to campaign," he said.

How the key seats are looking, three hours into the count




It's just over three hours since polls closed and a good time to take stock of what's happened.

Labor looks set for victory but will still have to sweat on a few late votes to see if they can secure a majority on its own.

It seems to have picked up Caloundra, on the Sunshine Coast, and Pumicestone, which stretches from Bribie Island to Caboolture.

Meanwhile it has lost South Brisbane to the Greens, ending for now the political career of former deputy premier Jackie Trad.

This leaves it three seats short of an absolute majority but is well ahead in seven of 10 seats that are still up in the air.

Labor could pick up three more seats from the LNP as it ahead in Clayfield, Coomera and Hervey Bay while is in the box seat to save McConnell and Redlands in Brisbane, and Townsville and Thuringowa in the north.

But the ALP is looking in trouble in Cooper following the resignation of Tourism Minister Kate Jones.

The LNP is ahead in Whitsunday and set to take it back from Jason Costigan who was punted from the party during this term.

Katters Australia Party has retained its three seats with One Nation's Stephen Andrew and Noosa Independent Sandy Bolton also holding on to their seats.

The Greens have doubled their representation but could end up with three seats if they take Cooper.

Red incursion into blue sea of seats on Sunshine Coast

The sea of blue seats across the Sunshine Coast is no longer, with Labor flipping Caloundra and moving ahead in the hinterland seat of Nicklin, currently held by the LNP.

Before tonight, the LNP's stranglehold on the coast was only broken by the grey of independent Sandy Bolton in Noosa.

But Labor, who campaigned hard in the region, have started to turn it red and also moved within striking distance for a swag of other seats at the next election.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk campaigned numerous times in Caloundra which was vulnerable after popular LNP MP Mark McCardle resigned.

The seat's shifting demographics due to housing developments and an influx of young families also boosted Labor's chances.

Labor candidate Jason Hunt has secured a 7.8 per cent swing and looks set for a relatively comfortable win.

Elsewhere on the coast, Labor has taken huge chunks out of the LNP's lead in seats such as Buderim, Ninderry, Nicklin and Glasshouse.

Nicklin and Glasshouse could still go either way tonight.

The LNP will hang on in Buderim and and Ninderry but swings of 10.8 per cent and 5.2 per cent against them with about half the votes counted would make both ultra marginal in 2024.

Katter’s Australian Party state leader Robbie Katter and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Katter’s Australian Party state leader Robbie Katter and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Strong showing from Katter's Australian Party

Katter's Australian Party boss Robbie Katter was claiming victory in his seat of Traeger before the sun went down tonight.

KAP retained Hill and Hinchinbrook and came close in Cook and Burdekin.

He said the party owed a lot to his father, Bob, the federal member for Kennedy which takes in Traeger, but the KAP was determined to expand its electoral appeal, and tonight's results appeared to vindicate the approach.

"I think that strategy is starting to pay off," he said.

"It has been a tough slog."

Katter said he had been quite open about what demands he would make on any party requiring the KAP's support to form government in a balance of power situation

Tonight's result is just another chapter in Katter's Australian Party which now has a 10 year history, its origins dating back to the 2010 federal election when the Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter, emerged from the August election with the balance of power along with two other independents.

Katter senior parlayed the national profile he received during that period into a new party launched in June 2011.

The KAP has developed a wide array of policies over the past decade but has a key focus on agriculture and associated infrastructure, including the building of dams.

But a youth detention centre north of Mount Isa near the isolated town of Kajabbi has become a centre piece of its policy platform as it attempts to broaden its appeal to urban centres such as Townsville.

Katter junior who first won the seat of Mount Isa in 2012 has been the state leader of the KAP since its inception except for a brief period when he stood aside for Ray Hopper who defected over from the LNP to the KAP but was defeated in the 2015 election.

In February this year Katter Junior was elected party boss after his father stood aside.

- Michael Madigan

Burleigh analysis: what went wrong with Michael Hart's vote

The LNP's Michael Hart's vote has nosedived in Burleigh.

Mr Hart in a forum organised by the Bulletin admitted he had spent $20,000 from his own pocket in this campaign after realising his seat was not safe.

On polling tonight, he has 40.4 per cent of the primary vote, down from 49.7 per cent in 2017.

Labor's vote is up, from 34 per cent in 2017, to 36.26 after selecting celebrity candidate Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew.

One Nation did not run last time around and their vote, on the current count, is 7.06 per cent.

The Green vote has also decreased, from 16 per cent to 8.83 per cent.

The One Nation vote along with support for minor candidates has hurt Mr Hart's vote.

- Paul Weston

Ali King claims Pumicestone

Pumicestone, southeast Queensland's most marginal seat, has been claimed by Labor candidate Ali King in a barnstorming performance emblematic of the party's entire night.

Coming into last night, the Moreton Bay seat, which covers from Bribie Island to Caboolture, was held by retiring first-term LNP member Simone Wilson on a wafer-thin margin of 0.9 per cent.

As a result, there was no benefit of a personal vote for LNP candidate Fiona Gaske and Ms King, a party favourite who stood unsuccessfully for Maiwar in 2017, put the seesawing seat into the safe column.

At the time of publication, she had received 58.4 per cent of the two-party vote, a swing of 8.4 per cent.

- Alex Treacy

Clive Palmer celebrates United Australia candidate selections on his $8.3 million mega-yacht
Clive Palmer celebrates United Australia candidate selections on his $8.3 million mega-yacht

Clive skips election day, spends it on $8.3m mega yacht

He splashed millions trying to turf Annastacia Palaszczuk from office with the frightening spectre of a Labor death tax, but Clive Palmer and his United Australia Party candidate wife were Halloween election day ghosts.

The billionaire businessman is believed to have spent more than the major parties on a spoiler campaign to remove the Palaszczuk government, with a $4.5m advertising blitz.

It included controversial messaging warning of a Labor death tax plan, which was slammed as "bulls-t" by Tourism Minister Kate Jones who said it was scaring elderly Queenslanders including her 91-year-old grandmother.

But Mr Palmer and wife Anna went to ground on polling day.

Both were notable no-shows in the knife-edge seat of Currumbin, where Mrs Palmer was standing and swapping preferences with incumbent LNP MP Laura Gerber.

While her opponents spent the day doggedly traipsing the booths to squeeze every last vote, she and her husband were rumoured to be cruising around Moreton Bay and the Brisbane River on their new $8.3m mega-yacht, Nancy Jean.

An avid Twitter user, Mr Palmer had not fired off a single tweet by late Saturday.

Mrs Palmer and other UAP candidates, including her husband's personal pilot Carlo Filingeri, in the Coast's 11 seats, preferenced LNP second on their how-to-vote cards.

Mrs Palmer starred in many of the UAP's election ads but was rarely seen on the campaign trail.

A Palmer family spokesman claimed Mrs Palmer was out and about in Currumbin on election day.

But The Sunday Mail saw no sign of her, and candidates and booth workers, including UAP volunteers, said they had not laid eyes on her.

"You won't see her," a UAP volunteer said at one major booth.

Labor opponent Kaylee Campradt said she only saw Mrs Palmer on the first day of pre-polling last week "when the TV cameras were there".

Mrs Palmer gave a local TV interview in which she attacked Ms Campradt for wearing a white instead of a Labor red shirt.

"I haven't seen her since - it's laughable," the Labor candidate said.

Ms Gerber had also not seen the woman whose votes could be crucial in helping the LNP hold the seat - and claimed not to care.

"I'm not focused on independents or minor parties, I'm absolutely focused on (winning) Currumbin," she said. "It's a clear choice between Labor and the LNP."

Mrs Palmer gave an interview with Sky News from the stateroom of the Nancy Jean two nights before the election.

She said she would "definitely not be supporting the Labor Party if she won Currumbin and helped hold the balance of power in state parliament.

"The Labor Party has shown they really can't handle the economy of Queensland," she said.

"They've made some awful decisions on the border, keeping everyone locked up, destroying families and businesses - whole industries have been destroyed."

- Greg Stolz

Awkward moment as opponents share venue

Two campaigns, one pub: we're told the seat of Stretton is one of the only, if not the only, electorate where both candidates are having their thank-you function at the same place!

Labor MP Duncan Pegg, who has secured a swing and a third term, is upstairs at the Runcorn Tavern, while unsuccessful LNP candidate Peter Zhuang is downstairs.

After what has been a particularly acrimonious local campaign, marred by bickering over One Nation preferences and a bizarre intervention from anti-Communist Party of China campaigner Drew Pavlou, this could make for some awkward conversation at the pokies.

Mr Pegg, meanwhile, was coy as to whether dancing would feature at his function - he was famously snapped dancing at his 40th birthday bash earlier this year in spite of COVID-19 restrictions.

He did, however, note that dancing was now "legal" - a clue, perhaps, as to his intentions?

Premier Palaszczuk seen as a ‘local aunt’ by the people of Queensland : Sky News host Alan Jones says while many Queenslanders “can’t stand the Labor Party,” they like Annastacia Palaszczuk who is “miles ahead” of Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.
Premier Palaszczuk seen as a ‘local aunt’ by the people of Queensland : Sky News host Alan Jones says while many Queenslanders “can’t stand the Labor Party,” they like Annastacia Palaszczuk who is “miles ahead” of Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.

Palaszczuk Government returned to power

Annastacia Palaszczuk's government has been returned to power, with a 4.9 per cent swing across the state so far, despite controversial former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad losing her South Brisbane seat to the Greens.

If she serves the full term, it will make Ms Palaszczuk the second longest-serving Premier in Queensland history.

More people are slowly starting to trickle into Ms Palaszczuk's party. The Premier has not yet arrived.

Costigan concedes Whitsunday

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan has conceded defeat in a Facebook post.

"Well we did our very best. More to come but a big shout out to Ange Nixon & the North Queensland First team who did whatever they could in our first political test," he wrote.

"It was always going to be very difficult after the smear campaign by people within the LNP.

"Also thinking of my NQ First colleagues elsewhere."

During his live cross from Eimeo Pacific Hotel, he had a go at the LNP and leader Deb Frecklington who has now lost the state.

"Sometimes you have to step on toes even if they rissole you," he said.

"Ding dong the witch is dead. She (Frecklington) is gone after tonight.

"She shot me and she needs to be called out."

Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan holds a press conference at Seaview Park in Bucasia. Picture: Tony Martin
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan holds a press conference at Seaview Park in Bucasia. Picture: Tony Martin Tony Martin

Bush optimistic despite huge Greens vote in Cooper

Labor's high-profile candidate in Cooper, Jonty Bush, said she was still in with a strong chance despite the huge Greens vote.

She expected to pick up ground once postal and pre poll votes were counted. Ms Bush had only 69 days to campaign after she stepped in to replace tourism minister Kate Jones, who held the seat with a comfortable margin. Ms Jones announced she would not recontest.

But Ms Bush said her high profile as 2009 young Australian of the year and her work with a homicide support group had helped, as well as the strong endorsement she received from Ms Jones.

"Kate was a great local member," she said. "People told me when I was doorknocking 'if Kate has endorsed you, we will give you our vote'.

"I've worked up to 20 hours a day, seven days a week, so if I win it won't be down to luck but hard work."

She said she hoped to be able to help the voters of Cooper and looked forward to listening to their concerns and getting action for them.

Palaszczuk Government returned to power

Annastacia Palaszczuk's government has been returned to power, with a 4.9 per cent swing across the state so far, despite controversial former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad losing her South Brisbane seat to the Greens.

If she serves the full term, it will make Ms Palaszczuk the second longest-serving Premier in Queensland history.

More people are slowly starting to trickle into Ms Palaszczuk's party. The Premier has not yet arrived.

Moggill shock for LNP

In a shock result in the blue ribbon seat of Moggill in Brisbane's inner west, LNP incumbent Dr Christian Rowan is only just ahead on the count, leading Labor by 50.8 per cent to 49.2 per cent on a two-party preferred basis. However he is expected to pick up ground once postal votes are counted. Dr Rowan said it had been quiet on the ground indicating just how many people had voted early.

He said the Greens vote had been softer than expected, helping Labor.

Supplied  Pauline Hanson Today Show
Supplied Pauline Hanson Today Show

Where has the One Nation vote gone?

It's one of the big questions of the night but there is no clear answer.

The party's overall vote is down about 5 per cent but certain seats have recorded double-digit drops in primary vote.

Labor and the LNP have both benefited from primary boosts however the changes are far from uniform.

Katter's Australian Party has also recorded strong swings towards it in seats where the One Nation vote has collapsed.

LNP 'fired every bullet'

Townsville LNP candidate John Hathaway says the LNP fired every bullet in the magazine this election.

The former military man said there was no more ammunition in the pouch and the party would just have to wait to see if they won the battle for three of the most important seats in the election.

The North Queensland LNP team - Mr Hathaway in Townsville, Natalie Marr in Thuringowa and Glenn Doyle in Mundingburra - remained hopeful at the election day party as votes trickled in.

The Townsville RSL was full of family, friends and volunteers having a well-deserved beer after a blisteringly hot day in North Queensland.

While early voting indicated the three candidates would not win any seats, they remained optimistic because of the high number of electors that pre-polled, postal voted and phoned in a vote.

Mr Hathaway, using his military metaphor, reminded people that the first few hours of voting was a small portion of what was to come.

He said there was plenty of room for the vote to change.

"(The LNP is) seeking to try and solve a problem that for the last five years, has fallen on deaf ears of the local members and the Labour government," Mr Hathaway said.
Mr Doyle described the long day in the sun as "torturous", but worth it.

"Hopefully over time we will be able to get back a little bit of the ground we have lost early on in the piece," he said.

Ms Marr, who was trailing behind incumbent Aaron Harper by almost 1000 votes, said she was proud of what the North Queensland team had achieved.

"Let's stay strong, let's stay positive and wait for the results to come through because at the end of the day we worked really, really hard and we deserved to win," she said.

- Caitlan Charles

Tight battles in Moreton Bay and Redcliffe

The battle for Redcliffe, in the Moreton Bay region is still too close to call. ALP's Yvette D'Ath is slightly ahead with 42.75 per cent. LNP's Kerri-anne Dooley is close behind with 38.36 per cent.


Shock vote in Coomera

Coomera, like its neighbouring northern Gold Coast seat of Theodore, is seeing a shock turn to Labor.

Michael Crandon, the popular local LNP MP, is holding on to a short lead on the primary vote.

Mr Crandon is on 37.43 per cent of the primary vote.

His Labor rival, Chris Johnson, has polled 36.82 per cent, Mr Johnson declined to take part in the Bulletin forum on the seat.

The Labor vote is up by about 4.7 per cent. The seat cannot be called at this early stage.

Palaszczuk Snr in positive mood

Annastacia Palaszczuk's father Henry Palaszczuk has arrived at Labor's party.

He said the initial results were "Very, very promising".

He said while he hasn't spoken to his daughter yet, he described the result in Inala as "Spectacular, spectacular."

"Annastacia has kept people safe," he said.

"And I think they are repaying her for doing that."

Labor president lauds 'extraordinary' swing

Labor Party President John Battams said he thought the result would be "a bit closer", as he highlighted an "extraordinary" swing to Labor in the seat of Pumicestone.

"What we've seen is a lot of Liberal voters have walked into the booth and voted for us because of the strong leadership shown by Annastacia," he said.

"I think people did see through some of their (LNP) policy announcements."

Taking aim at the LNP's pledge to four-lane the Bruce Highway, slamming it as a "con job", Mr Battams said Labor had improved its vote across the board.

"I think things were stacked against us in regional Queensland," he said.

"Labor Government has spent a lot on infrastructure on the Gold Coast.

"I think we're reaping rewards from consistently delivering for the Gold Coast."

He described the result in Pumicestone so far, which currently has a 11.3 per cent swing towards Labor, as "extraordinary".

Asked whether Labor's handling of the pandemic had helped them, Mr Battams said he believed that was a part of it.
The Party President said while the result had not been called, he didn't expect it to be this quick.

He said it had been an "amazing performance" by the Premier.

"The premier has an incredible sense and understanding of what people are thinking in the community," he said.

A senior LNP source told The Courier-Mail, "We had a chance to change leaders and change the course of the election result four months ago. We have wasted our time in Opposition"

LNP needs to win big in the North

The LNP needs to grab a swag of seats in north Queensland and while it has eaten into Labor's lead it has not yet translated into any major wins.

Labor looks to be hanging on in Barron River and Cairns after recording healthy primary swings toward them.

The LNP's only path to victory required them to pick up all three seats around Townsville.

Labor looks like retaining Mundingburra but the LNP still has some hope in Townsville and Thuringowa.

Without all five of these seats going to the LNP, it looks like a long night for their leaders to try and find a way to victory.

LNP's sole member south of Brisbane river fights for political life

The Member for Chatsworth, LNPs Steve Minnikin, is holding on for political life.

With 56.1 per cent of the vote counted, Mr Minnikin has 50.6 per cent of the vote, two-party preferred.

This represents a swing of 2.3 per cent toward the Labor candidate Lisa O'Donnell.

If Mr Minnikin survives, it will represent the second great escape of his career.

Initially elected in the 2012 Campbell Newman landslide, Mr Minnikin was one of the very few LNP members to hold his seat when Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk led a barnstorming recovery.

Should Mr Minnikin hold on, it will be courtesy of a strong personal vote - he is an omnipresent figure in the electorate with strong community ties going back to his school years.

Fears LNP 'in serious trouble' in Nicklin

First-term Nicklin MP Marty Hunt is having to work for his second term, with growing fears he may be toppled. 

Party insiders have told News Corp he could be in "serious trouble" as he fights to retain the seat the LNP had long-coveted. 

It's understood Mr Hunt may have lost the Nambour High School booth on first preferences, with Labor's Robert Skelton understood to have outpointed him by almost 100 votes. 

- Scott Sawyer

Big swing to Labor across the state

Labor has picked up a 4.9 per cent swing across the state while the LNP vote is down 0.9 per cent with about 25 per cent of the tally counted.

But the swing has been far from uniform with the LNP vote holding up better in the north but struggling in pockets of Brisbane and on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.

The biggest loser on the night has been One Nation, with its vote down 6.2 per cent across the state.

The Greens have recorded a 1.1 per cent swing towards them while the Katter Australia Party vote is up 0.5 per cent.

The LNP vote is expected to receive a boost when pre-poll and postal votes are counted.

Newman: It's bleak for the LNP

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman has been open about the LNP's night so far, saying "It's bleak".

"I don't think it's going to be our night, that's for sure," he told Sky News's live coverage of the election.

Mr Newman, who led the LNP to an astonishing victory in 2012 before losing after just one term in power, is part of the Sky News election coverage panel tonight.

When asked if he thought the coronavirus pandemic had given Labor an advantage, Mr Newman was emphatic in shooting down the suggestion.

"The primary vote of the LNP has been below 40 per cent for quite a long time now," Mr Newman said.

"Yes, it's been challenging, but as I've said many times… there are plenty of things that could've been criticized about how the pandemic has been handled here.

"It was rich and fertile ground for political attack. It could've removed that advantage."

He said Opposition leader Deb Frecklington failed to capitalise on negative sentiment towards Annastacia Palaszczuk's tough border stance in tourism-dependent communities.

The seat of Currumbin on the Gold Coast looks to be at risk, Mr Newman said, "and it shouldn't be".

"The people there should understand that it's been extremely bad for their livelihoods, and that's the way you've got to campaign."

The called seats so far ...

- ALGESTER - ALP retains

- ASPLEY - ALP retains

- BANCROFT - ALP retains

- BARRON RIVER - ALP retains

- BONNEY - LNP retains

- BROADWATER - LNP retains

- BUDERIM - LNP retains

- BULIMBA - ALP retains

- BUNDAMBA - ALP retains

- BURDEKIN - LNP retains

- BURNETT - LNP retains

- CAIRNS - ALP retains

- CALLIDE - LNP retains

- CAPALABA - ALP retains

- CONDAMINE - LNP retains

- COOK - ALP retains

- COOPER - ALP retains

- CURRUMBIN - LNP retains

- EVERTON - LNP retains

- FERNY GROVE - ALP retains

- GAVEN - ALP retains

- GLADSTONE - ALP retains


- GREGORY - LNP retains

- GYMPIE - LNP retains

- HILL - KAP retains


- INALA - ALP retains

- IPSWICH - ALP retains

- IPSWICH WEST - ALP retains

- JORDAN - ALP retains

- KAWANA - LNP retains

- KEPPEL - ALP retains

- KURONGBAH - ALP retains

- LOCKYER - LNP retains

- LOGAN - ALP retains

- LYTTON - ALP retains

- MACKAY - ALP retains

- MAIWAR - Greens retains

- MANSFIELD - ALP retains




- MILLER- ALP retains

- MIRANI - One Nation retains

- MOGGILL - LNP retains

- MORAYFIELD - ALP retains


- MUDGEERABA - LNP retains

- MULGRAVE - ALP retains

- MURRUMBA - ALP retains

- NANANGO - LNP retains

- NOOSA - IND retains

- NUDGEE - ALP retains

- OODGEROO - LNP retains

- PINE RIVERS - ALP retains


- REDLANDS - ALP retains


- SANDGATE - ALP retains

- SCENIC RIM - LNP retains

- SOUTH BRISBANE - Greens gain


- SOUTHPORT - LNP retains

- SPRINGWOOD - ALP retains

- STAFFORD - ALP retains

- STRETTON - ALP retains


- THEODORE - LNP retains

- TOOHEY - ALP retains



- TRAEGER - KAP retains

- WARREGO - LNP retains

- WATERFORD - ALP retains

- WOODRIDGE - ALP retains


Labor hopeful in key Caloundra seat

Labor candidate for Caloundra Jason Hunt was lost for words after seeing the first results filter in from this year's state election.

Mr Hunt has 42.6% per cent of first preference votes, with about 7500 counted so far for the Caloundra electorate.

He said that before 7pm he avoided looking at the results.

"It's incredibly nerve-racking for myself and for my volunteer team," he said.

"This is the culmination of close to six years of work.


Deputy Premier sitting on 50 per cent of vote

Deputy Premier Steven Miles is back in front in Murrumba with 50.9 per cent of the vote. LNP's Yvonne Barlow has just 27 per cent

D'Ath on the right path

Attorney-general Yvette D'Ath has taken an early lead in the seat of Redcliffe with 44 per cent. LNP's Kerri-anne Dooley is not far behind with 36.96 per cent. Just 15 per cent of the vote has been counted.

- Erin Smith

Trad gone in South Brisbane

BREAKING: Former deputy premier Jackie Trad has lost the seat of South Brisbane, according to Sky host Peter Gleeson.

Former Labor speaker and QUT Adjunct Associate Professor John Mickel said the former deputy premier has lost her grip on the seat to the Greens.

'She is finished, she is done for the night," said Gleeson.

With seven booths in, Trad trails the Greens' Amy MacMahon 41 per cent to 58 per cent, making it 'very hard to come back from'.

"The happiest person in Queensland tonight is the Premier because she's lost Jackie Trad," LNP senator for Queensland James McGrath told Sky.

LNP nervous about poor start to Gold Coast poll

LNP strategists are very concerned about the early results from counting in the State poll on the Gold Coast.

They are conceding that the party is unlikely to beat Gaven MP Meaghan Scanlon, if the trend continues.

The marginal seat of Bonney, held by the LNP's Sam O'Connor remains "in play".

Currumbin held by the LNP's Laura Gerber is on a knife edge and she may lose on preferences, again if the trends continue.

The big shock in Theodore in the Coast's north.

The LNP's Mark Boothman on early counting has just 40 per cent of the vote.

Labor's Tracey Bell has just more than 38 per cent of the vote.

The Greens are polling almost 10 per cent.

- Paul Weston


Pumicestone candidate Ali King takes lead

ALP's Ali King has taken an early lead in the crucial seat of Pumicestone with 47.91 per cent of the vote. LNP's Fiona Gaske 30 per cent of the vote.

- Erin Smith

Labor in front in key north Brisbane seats

Labor's two incumbents in Brisbane's most marginal seats, Aspley and Mansfield, seats in which the LNP has devoted significant time and resources to, are edging in front on the early numbers.


ALP incumbent Leanne Linard has taken commanding lead in the seat of Nudgee, with 50.94 per cent of the vote.

Ryan Shaw of the LNP trails behind at 30.92 per cent.


Labor's Bart Mellish has taken the lead in the marginal seat of Aspley, coming in with 45.49 per cent of the vote so far.

Behind him is former Brisbane councillor Amanda Cooper with 38.68 per cent of the vote.

Pine Rivers

The seat of Pine Rivers seems to be hotly contested with the vote remaining close between ALP candidate Nikki Boyd with 51.50 per cent and LNP candidate Kara Thomas with 36.81 per cent of the vote.


First-term MP Corrine McMillan, a former school principal, has a 6.1 per cent swing with four per cent of the vote counted

- Bianca Hrovat, Alex Treacy

LNP incumbent takes early lead in Gympie

Incumbent LNP candidate Tony Perrett has taken a significant early lead as vote counting gets underway for the Gympie seat.

Mr Perrett has claimed 40 per cent of the vote with 1.54 per cent of the votes counted.

Labor's Geoff Williams is sitting behind Mr Perrett with 26 per cent of the primary vote, with One Nation's Michael Blaxland trailing significantly behind at 13 per cent.


LNP incumbent behind in early Bundaberg count

In Bundaberg where 7.25 per cent of the vote has been counted, the Labor candidate Tom Smith has 42.5 per cent of the vote, compared to incumbent LNP MP David Batt 38.6 per cent.

Labor has the best of the early running

Labor has the best of the early returns, recording swings towards them in some of their key targets and defending well in some of their more vulnerable electorates.

Premier Annastacia Palaszcuk's multiple visits to Caloundra and Currumbin seem to have paid off, with Labor recording strong swings towards them.

The LNP is marginally ahead in Currumbin but looks in trouble in Caloundra.

Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford was considered vulnerable in the far northern seat of Barron River but has nearly 55 per cent of the two party preferred vote with about 2500 votes counted.

Labor is also ahead in the must-hold seat in the Brisbane suburban seats of Mansfield and Aspley.

One sour note for Labor though has been the early returns in South Brisbane where former Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has fallen behind Greens challenger Amy MacMahon, who has nearly 56 per cent of the two party preferred vote with 7 per cent of the vote counted.

Police Minister surges ahead

Police Minister and MP for Morayfield Mark Ryan is surging ahead early with 53.86 per cent of the votes. The LNP's Theresa Craig has 18.9 per cent and Greens candidate Amy Smith 11 per cent.

Counting is yet to start in the neighbouring marginal seat of Pumicestone

Early results for three must-win LNP seats

Very early numbers are coming in for the three seats based around Townsville.

These represent must-win seats for the LNP - three marginal Labor seats which leader Deb Frecklington has campaigned hard for, knowing a victory here will make it virtually impossible for Labor to govern outright.

The LNP controversially introduced a policy for a youth curfew in Townsville to combat a purported youth crime wave, a vote-loser in more progressive parts of southeast Queensland but one that Ms Frecklington has gambled will play well in the besieged city.

9.4 per cent counted in the seat of Townsville, 1.1 per cent swing so far towards Labor MP Scott Stewart; 7.1 per cent counted in Mundingburra, 4.7 per cent swing so far towards Labor candidate Les Walker; 4.3 per cent counted in Thuringowa, a 0.1 per cent swing away from Labor MP Aaron Harper.

They're very early numbers, but they'll do nothing to lift LNP spirits - yet.

Trad in trouble as first votes come in

Sky News scrutineers say controversial former deputy premier Jackie Trad is in deep trouble as the first indications of the count come in.

Trad is falling behind on booths she should have easily won and currently has 35.6% of the vote, trailing the Greens Amy MacMahon who has 42.04 per cent.

The scrutineers say 'Trad is in real trouble' but stressed things can change quickly as the vote unfolds

Early counting in two key Moreton Bay seats

Counting has started in some of the key seats in the Moreton Bay region.


ALP incumbent Chris Whiting is ahead in the early vote count with 54 per cent of the votes. LNP's Phil Carlson has 25 per cent.


Very early days but LNP's Yvonne Barlow up with 39 per cent. Deputy Premier Steven Miles is close behind with 38 per cent.

Major swing to minor parties in Burleigh

Sources are saying there's a 9 per cent swing to minor parties in Burleigh so far.

There's been a plummet in LNP first preferences.

Four booths have now been counted in Burleigh which has showed a 12.52 per cent swing against LNP incumbent Michael Hart.

LNP in early trouble in Currumbin and Caloundra

The LNP is in early trouble in two southeast Queensland seats that it had to win.

In Currumbin on the Gold Coast there has been a 4.6 per cent swing to Labor which would be enough to flip the seat.

In the Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast there has been an even bigger swing of 11 per cent to Labor with nearly 2500 votes counted.

Labor had been hopeful of winning this seat with Premier Annastacia Palszczuk making several trips there during the campaign.

Bundaberg was also looking like a close contest and was one LNP insiders were watching closely.

Incumbent LNP MP David Batt has suffered a 2.5 per cent swing against him but would hang on if it stays that way.


Early count trickles through

The Queensland Electoral Commission has very early results available for 21 seats, no higher percentage than the 2.42 per cent counted in Gladstone.

The seats with results trickling in are: Buderim, Burdekin, Burnett, Cairns, Callide, Condamine, Cook, Everton, Gladstone, Gregory, Ipswich West, Lockyer, McConnel, Miller, Mount Ommaney, Nanango, Scenic Rim, Southern Downs, Toowoomba North, Traeger and Waterford.

Hard to believe One Nation is not running a candidate in Callide - Biggenden grazier Sharon Lohse received 43.9 per cent of the vote after preferences in 2017, one of the highest in the state.

The prevailing view is that One Nation is going to fall short of its result in 2017, with its sole MP Stephen Andrew in Mirani fighting hard to retain the party's sole foothold in the parliament.


Polls close, counting starts on storm-battered election day

The polls have closed on what was a chaotic and stormy day for Queensland's state election.

Hail pelted much of the state's south east, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning of "life threatening storms".

But political leaders were also forced to shield themselves from impassioned volunteers at voting booths as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk copped a spray from an LNP supporter.

Ms Palaszczuk is hoping to become the first woman to be re-elected for a third term, while Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington is fighting to force a change of government in the Sunshine State.

A smiling Ms Palaszczuk waved at locals as she walked out of the Inala polling site before the volunteer started berating her as she walked away.

"209,000 people out of work Premier. It's about time it stopped. Open the borders," the man can be heard yelling to Ms Palaszczuk.



Bookies have Labor to win minority government

With less than 40 minutes until polls close, late betting money is backing a Labor minority to rule Queensland after Saturday's election.

Betting agency Sportsbet at lunchtime on Saturday had a Labor minority at $1.95 - days after the odds were just $1.73 for a Labor majority, compared to $4 for a Labor minority.

The odds for an LNP minority stand at $2.75, whereas that of an LNP majority is at $10.

Punters have Labor as the next government either way, with odds of $1.20 compared to the LNP's $4.



Voting booths lose power in multiple locations

Volunteers at Crestmead, Kingston, Marsden and Burrowes polling booths are telling voters to go elsewhere if possible after booths lost power following the storm.

More than 30,000 homes across the southeast have lost power as a result of the storms.

Massive Greens vote predicted in two seats

The Greens are on track to record 40-plus per cent of the primary vote in South Brisbane and the Indooroopilly-based seat of Maiwar, the party's Queensland strategist, Max Chandler-Mather, says.

The party should clinch 39-43 per cent in South Brisbane and up to 42 per cent in Maiwar, based on field campaign data.

Premier issues wet weather warning

Annastacia Palaszczuk has reminded drivers not to try crossing flooded roads, as wild storms smash the southeast.

An emergency alert has now been issued for Woodridge, Beenleigh, Southport and Coomera, in addition to a number of suburbs west of Brisbane that were subject to an alert earlier this afternoon.

Ms Palaszczuk tweeted this afternoon for drivers to be careful on the roads.

"Please everyone pay attention to the warnings and stay safe," she tweeted.

- Thomas Morgan

Ute careens into volunteers' tent

Election volunteers came within centimetres of serious injury after a vehicle crashed into their gazebo in front of Baree's polling station, just north of Mount Morgan this afternoon.

LNP campaign volunteer Lauren Clein said she arrived just after the crash occurred at the Baree School of Arts on Razorback Rd, around 1pm.

When she pulled up at the polling station, she saw a utility which was "fully under" a gazebo shared by LNP and One Nation volunteers.

Witnesses described the crash to her saying a vehicle had come around the corner and that the driver had experienced a "medical episode".

She said a parked ute had been pushed into the gazebo by the impact of the crash.

"It narrowly missed one of Tracie Newitt's volunteers. He was having a cup of tea and a sandwich for lunch," Ms Clein said.

"It probably missed him by less than a metre. It destroyed a gazebo and a table.

"They are saying it was a medical episode - there aren't any brake marks whatsoever."

She said the car was badly damaged by the crash and the driver was taken away by paramedics to hospital.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the driver had been taken to Mount Morgan Hospital.

Due to the back pain experienced by the driver, paramedics were expected to transfer them to Rockhampton Hospital for X-rays as a "spinal precaution".

Queensland Police said they were sending officers to the hospital to interview the driver about the crash.

- Leighton Smith

Wild weather pummels poll day

Greens Maiwar MP Michael Berkman with one of the golf ball-sized hailstones which fell at Fig Tree Pocket moments ago.

Pro-choice protester applauded

A Toowong woman has protested against an anti-abortion sign plastered on a truck which tells voters to "put Greens last".

The sign on the truck has an image of a baby and reads "the Greens supported Labor's abortion up to birth laws".

Greens MP for Maiwar Michael Berkman shared an image on Twitter of a woman protesting the sign with her own hand written sign.

"Ignore this truck… Church & State need to get out of my uterus," her sign reads.

Mr Berkman applauded the young protester, writing: "MASSIVE shout out to this Toowong resident countering the disgusting anti-abortion truck parked outside the voting booth with her own sign.

"Unashamedly pro-choice."

- Sophie Chirgwin

Youth crime to the fore in Redcliffe

An aerial sign saying 'Vote Labor Out Justice 4 Angus' has been spotted above Redcliffe today.

The sign is referring to Clontarf teen Angus Beaumont who was murdered by two teens at Redcliffe earlier this year.

Youth crime has been one of the biggest issues in the seat of Redcliffe this year.

The LNP have announced tough policies targeting young offenders including changes to the bail act.

Labor have promised to establish two mobile police beats on the Peninsula as well as 150 extra police for the region.

The LNP candidate is Kerri-Anne Dooley.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath has held the seat since the 2014 by-election.


- Erin Smith

'Quietest' poll day in memory

Of five electorates visited on Brisbane's south and bayside, only one, Stretton, reported voter numbers anywhere approaching what is considered the 'norm'.

Stretton MP Duncan Pegg, who won the seat for Labor in 2015, said there were as many as 100 people lined up early at Stretton State College to cast their vote early, bucking a trend of most booths only reporting 20 - 30 early birds lined up before 8am.

Mr Pegg attributed this to several causes, the most prominent being the prevalence of dual nationals in his electorate - ordinarily, many of them would vote postal due to their being overseas, but since the COVID-19 shutdown, they have returned home and are casting their vote in person.

At Mansfield State School, one of two marginal Brisbane seats, alongside Aspley, the LNP has poured significant resources into to knock off a sitting member, volunteers outnumbered voters by three-to-one at times.

Voters at this booth could expect to have an elbow bump with Labor MP Corrine McMillan, former Labor MP Phil Reeves, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Federal Bonner MP Ross Vasta, LNP candidate Janet Wishart and Greens candidate Rob Walter.

In the early afternoon at Macgregor State School, in the seat of Toohey, five desultory volunteers loitered on the leafy path leading to the school building hosting the booths, as single voters trickled in every few minutes.

Labor volunteer Trent Boyce, on his third campaign in Macgregor, said it's the "quietest" he'd ever seen it.

Another volunteer, Ben Kelly, handing out cards for the LNP, was asked whether he missed the atmosphere of 'democracy' sausage sizzles.

"I can get that at Bunnings," he replied.

- Alex Treacy

Bluey learns about the democracy sausage

Bluey has officially eaten a democracy sausage to celebrate Election Day.

The hit Brisbane-made kids TV show, available on ABC iView, launched a special episode today called "Circus".

The episode comes at a fitting time for Queenslanders who have today lined up at polling booths to cast their vote on who will lead the state, and a perfect time for parents to teach their kids about voting.

It featured much-loved animated blue heeler pup Bluey, her sister Bingo, mum Chilli and dad, Bandit walking through a field with the Mt Coot-tha summit behind them and plenty of candidate signs of different parties.

Chilli explains that it is voting day, and they must pick one of the people on the signs to "be the boss".

When Bluey says not to pick someone because she "doesn't like his smile", Chilli says: "You don't vote for someone based on what they look like, you vote for someone who will be the best boss".

The episode shows queues to vote, and of course the beloved democracy sausage sizzle - the best part of voting.

Bluey has become a phenomenon internationally, and was created in Brisbane by animator Joe Brumm, produced by Ludo Studio in Fortitude Valley.

- Sophie Chirgwin

Westside voter numbers down

There were bigger queues in shopping centre car parks, but that didn't stop democracy sausages and garage sales across Brisbane westside seats today.

Most westside booths reported much lower numbers of voters than in previous elections.

The crowds were instead at shopping centres including at Ashgrove and Paddington where it took up to 20 minutes to exit car parks.

But the Bardon Girl guides still did a steady trade all morning in snags and handmade crafts at their stall at the Lavalla Centre polling booth in Paddington.

Across the road, the Lions' garage sale was also doing steady trade.

Greens Maiwar candidate Michael Berkman, who stopped off to vote at Rainworth State School in Bardon, and the Greens' candidate in Cooper, Katinka Winston-Allom, appeared to be doing well judging by the number of voters holding their how-to-vote cards.

Party strategist Max Chandler-Mather tipped a convincing victory in Maiwar, where he said Mr Berkman's primary vote could reach as high as 40-plus per cent.

Mr Berkman's main rival, former Channel 10 reporter and LNP candidate Lauren Day, said however there was great energy for her party.

"We're getting good feedback. We will fight until the very last to win back Maiwar,'' she said.

"I feel so lucky and grateful for the team I've got and I just got texted by Deb Frecklington, so I've been very well supported.''

The seat, formerly called Indooroopilly, was held by the LNP's Scott Emerson until Mr Berkman's shock, narrow victory in 2016.

Over in the blue ribbon seat of Moggill, LNP incumbent Dr Christian Rowan said there was a noticeable drop in Labor support.

"It feels very positive and strong for the LNP here,'' Dr Rowan said.

He voted at Pullenvale State School, where he said there was a steady stream of voters but numbers were down on previous years.

"It is clear a lot more people voted early or lodged postal votes,'' he said.

- Brendan O'Malley

Toohey: Where are the punters?

At Macgregor State School in Toohey, held by Labor MP Peter Russo on a safe margin of 10 per cent, the few volunteers outnumber the even fewer voters.

Labor volunteer Trent Boyce said this is his third election handing out how-to-vote cards at Macgregor, and this is the quietest it's ever been.

Even at 8am in the morning, typically the busiest time, the line barely made it down the leafy path leading to the booths, where usually it would reach the school gate and beyond.

"There's usually a bit more flow through the day," he said.

LNP volunteer Ben Kelly, a lifelong campaigner, said he expected even fewer voters as the storm blew over.

When asked if he missed the atmosphere provided by 'democracy' sausage sizzles, he replied that he could "get that feeling at Bunnings".

- Alex Treacy

Volunteers forced to take shelter

Returning officer for Macalister David Gardner has given volunteers at Beenleigh a reprieve from the storm relaxing the 6m exclusion zone.

Under the easing, volunteers can enter the voting building while it is raining or hailing but must not hand out how to vote cards, cover their campaign shirts and not talk politics inside.

Mr Gardner said as soon as the storm passes, they will be outside again.

Macalister candidate Juid van Manen welcomed the move and said the safety of volunteers was of utmost importance.

- Judith Kerr

Southern Downs voters want to 'get back on track'

It could be a while before the results of today's Southern Downs state election are confirmed, if polling turnout is anything to go by. At WIRAC, both LNP and ALP party representatives Jacque Kruger and Mathew Smith said numbers had been "slow but steady" this morning -something they attributed to early voting and postal votes.

It is estimated more than 100,000 Queenslanders voted prior to today due to coronavirus fears. Those who did show up though had their priorities straight with coronavirus playing a huge part in decision making this election.

Warwick resident Ryan Moore said he would be voting for whoever could provide job security. "I don't want anyone losing their jobs so that's my main reason for voting," he said. "Definitely coronavirus is affecting it all."

Teacher Shannon Sinnot said the pandemic had been a huge obstacle in the school year, with unfulfilled promises a demerit for the current State Government.

"Education was my main priority going in," she said.

"We didn't get the pay raise we were promised."

The hard-line stance on borders could also sway local votes, with the region's businesses undoubtedly affected throughout the beginning of the year.

"Never open them until we can make sure," Mr Moore said.

Resident Sharon Ware agreed.

"Oh God yeah. If there's cases around I support border closures but if there's none I mean the country has got to get back on track," she said.

Ms Ware also represented those in the Southern Downs community fed up with both major parties.

"My options aren't real good," she said.

"If you don't like one and you're not fussed on the other one, it's hard to think of who you will go for.

"I just hope they do their job because the people count on them."

One Nation representative Sharron Farnell hoped this would lead voters to other candidates such as One Nation's Southern Downs candidate Rosemary Moulden.

"One can only hope," Ms Farnell said.

"Rosemary has been favourably met and she seems to be a go-getter which is what you need."

- Tessa Flemming

Katter says juvenile crime a top priority in North Queensland

The man who could emerge as the state's power broker was handing out how to vote cards in front of a Mount Isa school this morning, waiting to see if ten years of hard work was about to pay off.

Robbie Katter may well emerge with the balancer of power after today's poll, meaning he can name his own price in return for helping a party form a government.

Katter said his primary focus was on holding his sprawling north west seat of Traeger as well as the two other seats Katter's Australian Party holds in the north.

But the tantalising prospect of redirecting political energy into the Queensland regions was also very much on his mind.

"You do wonder a bit if maybe all the hard work  might start coming to fruition,'' he said.

"It has a been a pretty hard slog over ten years trying to build a party, and now we might see some  real rewards.''

Katter's father  Bob, the federal member for Kennedy, has wide experience in playing a political version of "piggy in the middle'' and kept the nation spell bound for several days as he and two independents negotiated with the Coalition and Labor after the 2010 federal election.

Katter junior is open about his laundry list of demands, and would put an old fashioned youth detention centre in an isolated spot near Kajabbi north of Mount Isa near the top of his list if he emerges as the power broker.

That detention centre has been specifically designed as a response to juvenile crime in north Queensland cities which is a key election issue, especially in Townsville electorates.

But the KAP will also force any party seeking power into making a range of commitments on water infrastructure projects across regional Queensland to spark a resurgence in agriculture.

And the KAP will  also demand the state build  the Galilee Basin rail line to open up mining rather than watch Indian coal miner Adani build and own it.

""The thing is, a lot of what we want is about wealth generation, '' Katter, who gathered with extended family at the Mount Isa Hotel last night for a family dinner, said.'

"We are not about  building big stadiums in Mount Isa or tunnels in Brisbane but about generating  revenues that will eventually benefit the whole state.
"Brisbane people might find they get as much out of it as we do.''

-Michael Madigan

Gold Coast: Border a 'big issue'

Voters have been in short supply at southern Gold Coast polling booths through the early afternoon.

Volunteers have frequently outnumbered voters at booths.

Labor's currumbin candidate Kaylee Campradt was at Elanora State High School and said she was "feeling good" in her battle to unseat rookie LNP MP Laura Gerber.

While the incoming wet weather has kept some voters away, other have told the Bulletin that numbers have been down all day, with figures showing more than 60 per cent of the electorate had pre-polled.

"I've never seen it this quiet on Election Day," an experienced political campaigner told the Courier-Mail this afternoon.

"The Labor vote has been strong in some seats, there could be an upset in Coomera.

"The border has been the big issue - a lot of people who would normally vote Liberal are flirting with voting Labor because they are happy with what has happened.

"Conversely there are other voters who would normally vote Labor who own businesses and are considering going Liberal. It's really divided."
- Andrew Potts

Police called over racist ruckus in Townsville

A Townsville man who was making "racist comments" at a voting booth has been carted away by police.

In a fiery exchange caught on camera by Sky News, the man is seen heckling Katter's Australian Party Townsville candidate Joshua Schwarz, calling him a Nazi.

The man, Pat Coleman, was later taken away by police.

This is not the first time Mr Coleman has caused a ruckus during an election.

At last year's federal election he was arrested and charged with multiple offences after an incident at an early voting centre.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman confirmed police were called to the Mundingburra State School booth earlier this morning over reports there was a man making racist comments and was then taken away.

-Madura McCormack

Bartholomew surfs through campaign day

SURFING legend Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew reckons he's treating election day like a pro surfing tournament.

The former world champion, Labor's celebrity candidate in Burleigh against two-term LNP MP Michael Hart, admitted he faced a tough battle to overcome a 4.85 per cent margin to claim the seat.

"I've competed in a lot of tournaments in my life but I never jinx myself - I always wait for the judges' result," he said.

"I definitely came in as the underdog - the incumbent had a 5 per cent margin and that represents a lot of votes. But it's a different election and I'm hoping that people want to see a bit of change and a new voice for the Gold Coast.

"It's just at the end of the day I feel that me being in this race has made everyone work harder."

Earlier, Mr Hart said Bartholomew had been 'amicable' on the campaign trail but accused Labor of breaking its own rules by placing election marquees and signs inside polling booth grounds.

But Bartholomew campaigners released photos they claimed showed Mr Hart's booth workers also breaking the rules.

One of Mr Hart's volunteers tried to block one of Bartholomew's surfboard-shaped election sign as the Courier-Mail took the surfing great's photo at Palm Beach State School.

Bartholomew also revealed that he actually lived in the neighbouring seat of Currumbin and had cast his vote for Labor's Kaylee Campradt.

-Greg Stolz

'Not from here': PR queen slams inappropriate comment

BRISBANE PR queen Kath Rose said her experience at the voting booth this morning left her "furious".

Ms Rose took to Facebook to share her experience saying she was "so mad" she was "actually shaking".

"I was in the line and a Labor spruiker was talking to the person behind me, trying to make them vote Labor - nothing wrong with that," she wrote.

"BUT he said to this person, "how can you vote for the incumbent, they aren't even from here.

"Yes the incumbent has a gloriously long name and a wonderful international heritage.

"My retort to the spruiker was that unless he was a traditional owner of the land NONE OF US ARE FROM HERE."

-Sophie Chirgwin



Originally published as ELECTION DAY LIVE: Polls set to close within minutes