Dickson: One Nation will win seats
ONE Nation Queensland leader Steve Dickson won't concede defeat in Buderim until the seat is declared and remained convinced the party would win a number of seats in the new state parliament.
He has though already been to Brisbane to clear out his office in parliament house and was preparing for an enforced extended holiday through the Christmas break.
Mr Dickson would not confirm whether or not he would now pursue a Senate seat in the federal parliament saying all options remained open.
Also open, he said, was the outcome in up to 21 seats where he said the Electoral Commission Queensland had "cocked it up" by doing notional two party preference allocations between the LNP and Labor when those two parties did not head the primary vote count.
The situation was best exemplified locally in Noosa where the ECQ initially gave the seat to Glen Elmes based on a two party preference allocation between the LNP and Labor that ignored that independent Sandy Bolton led on the primary count.
All the other candidates had also preferenced her above Mr Elmes.
"I was the leader of a party that took its vote from 0.8% to 22% here and across Queensland in 61 seats," Mr Dickson said.
"All options are open. I've not made a final decision on where I'm going. I will let the dust settle first."
Mr Dickson said he wanted to be part of change for the people of Queensland and Australia that considered the environment, the future and infrastructure needed to grow the foundations for the country.
He said he looked at the figures for the first time Monday morning and said he still saw the potential for One Nation to still win several seats.
Electoral Commission Queensland said it was now waiting for the return of postal votes with voters having up until 10 days after the election to do so. Absentee votes cast in Australia and across the world also need to be brought back to the relevant electorate.
The state-wide informal vote rate was running at about 4.1%, a full two percentage points higher than under the optional preferential system in 2015.