RETURNED sitting Member for Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg has not given up hope the LNP could form government after the State Election at the weekend.
Despite the ALP being considered the most likely to form government, Mr Springborg said he was more positive yesterday morning than on election night.
"It is line ball. You will struggle to find anyone in the ALP who will dispute that," Mr Springborg said.
"The ALP has a slight advantage but whoever governs, it will be a wafer-thin majority."
In the Southern Downs electorate, Mr Springborg lost 4% on his first preference votes, one of the lowest swings in the state, and was down 11% on two-party preferred.
With Premier Campbell Newman losing his seat of Ashgrove, Mr Springborg is one of the rumoured contenders for the LNP leadership.
"We will need a slightly clearer picture before we look at leadership," Mr Springborg said.
Going into his 10th term in Parliament, Mr Springborg said nothing surprised him about election results.
"We had a record majority across the state and that is always difficult to replicate," he said.
"The ALP had an historic low vote in Southern Downs in 2012 and it has now returned to more traditional levels.
"I will continue to represent my electorate knowing I have to perform for the constituents."
Mr Springborg said the swing against the government was for a whole range of issues.
ALP candidate Louise Ryan said she thought the LNP plan to sell/lease assets was the biggest factor in the election result.
She said a swing of almost 11% to the ALP in the Southern Downs was a clear message to sitting member Lawrence Springborg that he could not take the electorate for granted.
Ms Ryan said she was undecided if she would stand again in the future.
"I am not ruling it out but am making no commitment," she said.
She said the LNP underestimated Queensland constituents on the issue of asset sales.
"The last government learnt the lessons and listened. The LNP was too arrogant to listen," Ms Ryan said.
"Jobs were also an issue. You can't sack 24,000 public servants and expect no repercussions."
During the campaign, Ms Ryan made a commitment to continue to advocate for the Emu Swamp Dam if she won the seat.
"I can't speak for what is going to happen now," she said.
Mr Springborg said the LNP had approved the dam.
"If the ALP is elected, they hopefully won't go back on the approval or frustrate the process," he said.
He said uncertainty surrounded the ALP plans for many of the announced allocations for health.
"I worry that an ALP government would bring back tough vegetation management regulations, make property rights less secure and there would be less money on rural infrastructure in schools and health," he said.
He said government had to balance the expectations of people with a finite resource - money.
Greens candidate Elizabeth Ure said her party's vote in the Southern Downs had nearly doubled since the last election.
"Many people in Southern Queensland have voted Greens for the first time because the major parties are not listening to community concerns that our land and water resources are threatened by inappropriate mining coming to the region," she said.
"In this election we have proved that the Greens have an important role to play in the Southern Downs political debate.
"We plan to continue advocating for the local environment and our rural communities.
"Though we still have more work to do, this election has been a rewarding experience for the local Greens," she said.
John Spellman from Family First received 6.55%, up more than 4%.
Lawrence Springborg has a long history in politics, including as Leader of the Opposition.
- Member for Carnarvon 1989-1992
- Member for Southern Downs 1992-current
- Minister for Natural Resources 1998
- Minister for Health 2012-2015
- Leader of the Opposition 2003-2006 and 2008-2011
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