Nicklin Independent Peter Wellington nominated as speaker, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Nicklin Independent Peter Wellington nominated as speaker, with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk Geoff Egan

Speaker Wellington holds the power

ONE man in Queensland could hold the power when it comes to passing legislation through Parliament.

Independent Nicklin MP Peter Wellington may have supported the forming of a Labor Government, but he says it does not mean he has to vote with them in Parliament.

Labor has 44 seats in the Queensland Parliament and the LNP has 42.

There are also two Katter party members and if they vote alongside the LNP, it will bring the votes to 44 each side on an issue.

In those situations, it will be up to Mr Wellington to use a casting vote.

But it's not something he considers daunting.

"I don't owe any favours to anyone or any group," he said. "It doesn't matter to me who introduces proposed law changes to Queensland.

"If they are fair and reasonable, I will support them. It makes no difference if it comes from Labor or the LNP or the Katter party. I will vote for what I think is right."

He said he would vote for how the constituents in his electorate would want him to vote.

Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg said the LNP was encouraged by Mr Wellington's public statements that he would consider legislation based on its merits.

"This is a minority government in a hung parliament where no one controls the numbers so therefore legislation can be considered on its merits, regardless of who introduces it," Mr Springborg said.

This would lead to better proposals that would not be voted down on the basis of politics, he said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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