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Katter's Australian Party will be Queensland's third political force, after One Nation fizzed at the ballot box, and their agenda includes scrapping Cross River Rail.
Despite One Nation pulling more than 13 per cent of the vote, they were yet to nail down a single seat, although the party was closing in on Labor MP Jim Pearce's seat of Mirani.
On the other hand, Katter's Australian Party state leader Robbie Katter and his colleague Shane Knuth were both easily re-elected, with KAP's candidate in Hinchinbrook, Nick Dametto, coming third in the count so far.
Labor was preparing for a majority government, which would be at least 47 seats, with party secretary Evan Moorhead thanking the campaign team for its "victory".
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she was confident Labor would secure a majority in the Parliament. ABC psephologist Antony Green had predicted Labor would have at least 46 seats, and up to 48 seats.
As of Sunday night, Labor had 43 and the LNP 35, with 13 seats still too close to call.
However, Mr Katter said he was not convinced Labor would win a majority, and he was prepared to talk to both sides.
"I don't think the Premier is going to take in too much of a majority and she lost three seats in the last Parliament," he said, referencing Rob Pyne, Billy Gordon and Rick Williams leaving Labor since 2015.
"So unless she's ahead by three, she's going to have to consult closely with the crossbench to keep them happy.
"And I think Queensland deserves that as well because they haven't given her a strong mandate and they want to know there's stability in the Parliament, and there'll only be stability if it's a consultative government with the crossbench."
Mr Katter said KAP would advocate for rural and regional Queensland.
"If we're giving government to anyone it'll come with pretty strong conditions," he said.
Mr Katter said the party's agenda included shelving Cross River Rail, reforming energy costs, making sure the rail line to the Galilee Basin was government-owned - rather than being built by Adani, which was pursuing an almost $1 billion taxpayer loan - crocodile cullingand support for a new dam at Hells Gate.
During the election campaign, Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk insisted she would not do deals with anyone, including the Katters.
"I have a very good working relationship with both Robbie and Shane," she said on Friday, on the eve of the state election.
"But on matters of principle, we don't agree on things, such as they want to weaken the gun laws.
"I don't believe in weakening our gun laws and that is why I will not form a government with the Katter's Australian Party."
On Sunday, Ms Palaszczuk ducked questions of whether she would do a deal with independents such as Rockhampton candidate Margaret Strelow or KAP if Labor fell short of the 47 seats required for a majority.
"I'm not even thinking about that, I am confident, I've just spoken with Evan Moorhead, state secretary, he is confident, we are both confident of a Labor majority," she said.
Ms Palaszczuk said Labor had invested money in western Queensland.
"I've been out to Mount Isa, I've been out to the west, we've discussed the wild dog fencing and the cluster fencing to bring back the sheep industry, I've been out to Winton with Robbie Katter," she said.
"I mean, I have travelled the length and breadth of this state and I will continue to do so.
"I always respect Robbie and Shane ... and I've always had a very good working relationship with them."
Ms Palaszczuk said Labor was backing Cross River Rail.
"We've put money in towards it as part of our budget," she said.
Earlier, LNP leader Tim Nicholls argued the Premier was not granted a majority.
"It's now in the hands of the scrutineers and the votes have been cast and we just wait for them to be counted and we'll see what happens," he said.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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