Qlders backed COVID response: Palaszczuk

Marty Silk
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Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has put her historic election win down to her COVID-19 response allowing voters to maintain their lifestyles, and promised to deliver a budget before Christmas.

Labor is on track to hold as many as 52 seats - up four on its previous numbers - as counting continues on Sunday.

The Liberal National Party appear to have lost a net four seats, taking its numbers to 34 in the 93-seat chamber.

The premier has won a third term, making her Australia's most successful female political leader.

Ms Palaszczuk says Queenslanders backed her COVID-19 measures, which allowed them to go about their lives normally compared with other parts of the world.

"Look at look at this lifestyle here, you look at families having picnics here in the park, running around, there's a water park down over here at Seventeen Mile Rocks," she said in a park in Inala.

"This is the lifestyle that Queenslanders want.

"We are the envy of the world at the moment I want it to remain that way. So we're going to work hard to make sure that we continue to do that, and at the end of the day Queenslanders want their lifestyle, they want their jobs, they want their health.

"And, you know, I think there was a lot of concern, especially for our elderly and more vulnerable members of our community, about the impact that COVID could have on peoples lives."

The premier enjoyed a glass of wine on Saturday night, but promised to roll up her sleeves to start working on delivering a budget before Christmas as promised.

Treasurer Cameron Dick and Deputy Premier Steven Miles, who will remain in their positions, will join her to meet department directors-general on Sunday.

"If that means working right up until Christmas, we will because that's what we promised," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk promised to keep implementing her regional economic plans to help struggling areas recover from the recession.

Labor didn't loose any seats in the regions to the LNP or other parties and retained key seats in Townsville, Cairns and Rockhampton.

The party also looks set to gain the seats of Bundaberg and Hervey Bay from the opposition, which means nearly every large regional city between the NSW border and Cape York will be red.

"Labor held very well in the regions and I want to thank regional Queensland. Our state is the better for the fact that we have strong regional cities in our state and we will continue to back those regions," she said.

LNP leader Deb Frecklington is yet to make an appearance since her concession speech on Saturday night, but has committed to remaining party leader despite the defeat.

Katter's Australian Party was expected to hold three seats, and the Greens are on track to hold at least two and possibly three seats.

One Nation's Stephen Andrew and independent Sandy Bolton make up the final numbers.

The biggest victim of the night was former deputy premier Jackie Trad, who lost her seat of South Brisbane to the Greens' Amy MacMahon.