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David Crisafulli and David Janetzki will lead the Queensland Liberal National Party through the next four years of opposition, a day after it was confirmed the party had lost two additional seats to the Palaszczuk government.

For the first time, the Queensland Opposition will have to bide their time for four years after the introduction of longer fixed term.

Both Mr Crisafulli and Mr Janetzki were voted into the top jobs at a party room meeting on Thursday, 10 days after Deb Frecklington stepped down from the job in the wake of a brutal election loss.

David Crisafulli has been appointed the new Queensland LNP leader. Picture: Scott Powick
media_cameraDavid Crisafulli has been appointed the new Queensland LNP leader. Picture: Scott Powick

It comes after the ECQ declared all results from the October 31 election, including the razor thin results in Nicklin and Bundaberg.

In Nicklin, Labor pinched the seat from the LNP by just 79 votes, according to election analyst Antony Green.

It was even tighter in Bundaberg, with the LNP losing its seat by 11 votes. The Electoral Commission of Queensland has confirmed recounts will be undertaken in both seats.

Assuming those results hold up, Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Labor will claim 52 seats of the 93-seat parliament, making it a tough job for the new look LNP leadership.

Former LNP leader Deb Frecklington and new leader David Crisafulli at Thursday’s party room meeting. Picture: Peter Wallis
media_cameraFormer LNP leader Deb Frecklington and new leader David Crisafulli at Thursday’s party room meeting. Picture: Peter Wallis

Broadwater MP David Crisafulli is the only person to have nominated for the role of Opposition Leader after Deb Frecklington stepped aside last week.

Mr Crisafulli was first elected as the member for Mundingburra in north Queensland between 2012 and 2015, before he lost his seat. He moved to the Gold Coast and was elected as the Broadwater MP in 2017.

By the time of the 2024 election, the LNP will have been in opposition for almost a decade, after the Newman government was ousted in January 2015.

Last week Mr Crisafulli said he could “offer the discipline to hold the government to account and the energy to start the four-year task of preparing the LNP for government in 2024”.

Toowoomba South MP David Janetzki has been appointed Queensland Deputy Opposition Leader. Picture: Kevin Farmer
media_cameraToowoomba South MP David Janetzki has been appointed Queensland Deputy Opposition Leader. Picture: Kevin Farmer

After a four-corner fight for the role of deputy leadership between Steve Minnikin, David Janetzki, Dale Last and Christian Rowan, it was the Toowoomba South MP who earned the trust of his party.

Mr Janetzki was elected in July 2016, and since then has served as Shadow Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

Originally published as New look Qld opposition unveiled

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