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ALP survives first test of confidence in Parliament vote

LABOR has narrowly survived its first test of confidence in the Queensland Parliament after two Katter party MPs abstained from voting.

Months of political frustration was finally unleashed at Parliament House on Thursday when debate resumed.

But it wasn't about a new law or bill to be introduced; the debate centred around if Labor should form a minority government.

The party has the numbers, with the support of independent Nicklin MP Peter Wellington, but debate on a motion of confidence in the Labor Government was debated well into Friday morning.

The debate finished at 3.30am, the ABC reported.

Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne's speech attracted a fiery response from the LNP when he brought up how the police union president Ian Leavers had called the former Premier Campbell Newman a liar during the election campaign.

He then said that once appointed as agriculture minister, he discovered the LNP had sacked 26% of biosecurity staff.

Mr Byrne also questioned why the LNP was debating against the Labor government.

"There LNP can't form government," he said.

"This isn't a debate about anything; it's a fact of numbers. You, the LNP, don't have the numbers. It's maths."

Former Attorney-General and current Kawana LNP MP Jarrod Bleijie hit back at Mr Byrne's comments.

"No party in their own right has the numbers to form government," he said.

While Labor has the support of Mr Wellington - which Mr Bleijie said individuals had a right to do - "that will not stop opposition from holding (Labor) to account".

Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller had some colourful descriptions for the opposition.

She accused Mr Bleijie, as the former Attorney-General, of having an exotic disease called bikie-itis or bikie-pox because his previous anti-bikie laws only focused on outlaw motorcycle gangs, not organised crime as a whole.

But Mr Bleijie said his laws addressed motorcycle crime as well as paedophile rings, and organised crime that did not involve motorcycle gangs.

He also drew upon Labor's promise to bring in new standards of behaviour in parliament.

Labor ministers also drew upon the policies they had announced and the LNP's failures to argue their case to support the confidence motion.

Meanwhile, LNP members drew upon Labor's past failures and what they had achieved in the previous government to vote against the motion.

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