Queensland general election: Jon Krause holds fast in Scenic Rim

EASY WIN: Jon Krause has represented the Scenic Rim in Parliament since 2012. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
EASY WIN: Jon Krause has represented the Scenic Rim in Parliament since 2012. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

UPDATE: 6am

As the counting of votes for the state general election continues, Jon Krause for the LNP has once again emerged victorious in the Scenic Rim.

Labor has won the Queensland election, holding 47 seats, with the LNP 33, six are in doubt and seven are held by minor parties.

By midnight Saturday Mr Krause had 49.31 per cent of the preliminary ballot with a tally of 11994 votes, almost double the number accrued by Labor's Luz Stanton, who had 6126 votes.

Mr Krause said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve another term.

"I want to thank the Scenic Rim Electorate for again placing their faith in me to represent them," he said.

"Seeing the results come in last night was very humbling.

"Our region faces many challenges, especially managing growth and fixing our roads.

"The statewide result is not what I hoped for, obviously, but I'm elected to do a job for everybody locally and that is to represent our region. I'll keep on taking on the state when it comes to these key issues, especially too much housing development and housing blocks that are too small.

"I hope council will stand up too and push back against ever more housing and no infrastructure investment. Our farmers deserve a fairer deal from government too, and I will keep on going into bat for them whenever I need to.

"I never stop fighting for our fair share, and that is what I will continue to do into the future. Already we are seeing that pay off - with a lot of Federal funding coming to Mount Lindesay Highway, and the state finally getting on with what they should have done 10-20 years ago."

Paul Henselin for One Nation had accrued 3649 votes and Queensland Greens candidate Peitro Agnoletto had 1842. IMOP's Deborah Husbands was next in line with 527 votes followed by Clive Palmer's UAP candidate Brad Fowler with 188 votes.

Queensland electoral commissioner Pat Vidgen said the official count would begin today.

"On Sunday the official count begins and includes a recount of the votes and the beginning of the distribution of preferences," he said.

"There is also the secure transfer of votes that have been cast outside of the electors' enrolled district, to the home district."

Mr Vidgen said the 2020 State general election has been record-breaking on many levels.

"We've had 597 candidates, 12 political parties, a hundred hours of early voting, and more early votes and postal votes than in any other Queensland election.

"The process of counting the votes will take time with many electorates having six or seven candidates on their ballot paper, and some with 10.

"Then we still have around 400,000 postal votes to come back to the ECQ before the deadline of 10 November. Around 100,000 electors who applied for postal votes decided to vote in person or by telephone.

"We understand everyone's natural impatience for a result, but the counting process can't be rushed.

Earlier: 8.30pm

More preliminary votes have been counted in the Queensland general election and LNP's Jon Krause now holds 43.41 per cent with 3602 votes.

Labor's Luz Stanton has 2233 votes, giving her 26.91 per cent.

Paul Henselin for One Nation has claimed 1432 votes, 17.26 per cent.

Queensland Greens' Pietro Agnoletto has 8.79 per cent, 729 votes.

IMOP's Deborah Husbands has 202 votes, 2.43 per cent followed by UAP's Brad Fowler with 99 votes or 1.19 per cent.

POLLING booths have been closed for more than an hour and the Electoral Commission has started publishing results from the Scenic Rim.

The official count and can take up to 10 days to allow for the return of postal votes, scrutiny of declaration votes, and allocation of preferences..

Electoral Commissioner Pat Vidgen said the painstaking process of counting of millions of votes had begun.

"There are more than 926,000 election day votes, around 1.29 million early votes and over 400,000 postal votes, which have already been received back by the Commission," he said.

"On Sunday the official count begins and includes a recount of the votes and the beginning of the distribution of preferences.

"There is also the secure transfer of votes that have been cast outside of the electors' enrolled district, to the home district."

The final turnout will be determined after the deadline for return of postal votes and scrutiny of declaration votes.

In the Scenic Rim, Jon Krause is currently in the lead for LNP with 1846 votes, followed by Labor's Luz Stanton with 936 and One Nation's Paul Henselin with 775 votes.

Pietro Agnoletto for the Queensland Greens has claimed 323 votes.

Informed Medical Options Party candidate Deborah Husbands has 65 votes and Clive Palmer's UAP candidate Brad Fowler has 40 votes.

In Beaudesert, Krause is in the lead with 40.42 per cent of the vote so far and 30.71 per cent from the Beaudesert East polling booth.