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  1. Dave R

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    Queensland election 2015: One Nation leader Pauline Hanson takes lead in vote count of Lockyer

    Updated 26 minutes agoMon 2 Feb 2015, 6:57pm
    Photo: Ms Hanson leads the Liberal National Party by a couple of hundred votes at the latest count. (AAP Image: Tertius Pickard)
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    Map: Lockyer 4344
    One Nation leader Pauline Hanson may be set for a political comeback, as she leads the Queensland election count in the seat of Lockyer by more than 300 votes.
    Counting in the electorate in rural southern Queensland has now put that seat in doubt, ABC election analyst Antony Green says.
    Liberal National Party candidate Ian Rickuss has held the seat since 2004.
    About 6:45pm (AEST), Ms Hanson was leading by about 365 votes after preferences.
    If she wins, she would be the fourth crossbench MP, with a hung parliament in Queensland still a possibility as tight contests continue in several seats.
    The ALP achieved one of the biggest swings in Australian political history in Saturday's state election, which saw LNP leader and Premier Campbell Newman, along with a swag of his MPs, lose their seats.
    The final result in some seats may not be known for a week.
    Green said Labor could still form a majority government in Queensland.
    He said there had been a big swing to Labor in the Gold Coast seat of Gaven, which could give the ALP enough seats to claim a majority in Parliament if it also won Maryborough.
    "Labor has a definite 43 seats - their 44th seat if gained would be Maryborough," he said.
    "And Gaven and Whitsunday - the seats - Gaven is the additional seat in doubt - one of those seats would deliver 45 seats."
    If Labor cannot govern in its own right, leader Annastacia Palaszczuk would need support to form a minority government.
    Independent MP Peter Wellington and the two Katter Party MPs have said they were willing to talk to both sides.
    One Nation previously held Lockyer from 1998 to 2004, first by local vet Peter Prenzler and then Bill Flynn from 2001.
    The seat covers more than 3,000 square kilometres between Toowoomba and Ipswich, taking in Grandchester, Laidley, Gatton and Helidon.
    The electorate also has a panhandle that stretches east on the southern side of Ipswich as far as Greenbank.

    Dave R.

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