Early election not likely after Gordon resignation

QUEENSLAND ministers have denied an early election had been discussed within the government following the resignation of Billy Gordon and growing concerns that Labor might not have the votes in Parliament.

State development minister Anthony Lynham said an early election had not come up in conversation and that "We're getting on with governing Queensland".

The LNP has not supported calls for an early election, with deputy opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek saying on Tuesday that it was unlikely to happen.

He also said they had not considered introducing a motion of no confidence in the Labor government to see how the votes would fall but that the LNP would consider its options leading up to the next Parliamentary sitting early next month MAY.

Mr Gordon, the Member for Cook, resigned from the Labor Party after domestic violence allegations were made against him. There were also allegations he had not paid child support and had not lodged tax returns.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made moves to sack him, but he resigned before this was official, and she called for him to resign his seat in Parliament. But legally he is able to retain his seat and vote as a crossbencher.

But that has left Labor with only 43 MPs; only one more than the LNP.

Mr Langbroek called on the Premier to answer whether she was prepared to accept Mr Gordon's vote. And if she still had the numbers in Parliament.

There have been calls for another election but ministers, including Mr Lynham and education minister Kate Jones, said they were getting on with the job.

But there is still no clear indication on how votes would be counted in Parliament.

Mr Lynham said having to pass legislation through Mr Gordon was not a priority.

"That's up to Billy Gordon," he said. "Billy Gordon is Billy Gordon."

Police minister Jo-Ann Miller said Mr Gordon had time to consider his intentions.

Meanwhile National Retailers Association chief Trevor Evans said the State Government should just get on with the job.

"What we'd ask is that they don't be distracted by those issues," he said. "There are a number of great decisions that they can and should be making in an administrative, not a legislative, sense to make sure their agenda continues to roll out and we continue to see reforms that we want."

He said these included promises that had been made about jobs and training and workforce development.

- APN NEWSDESK



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