Outgoing Labor MP Heather Butler has taken a swipe at first time candidate Rebecca White, who edged her out of the running for a Labor seat in Lyons.
27 year old Ms White raised eyebrows when she ran a television ad campaign, showing a Polly Waffle chocolate wrapper being swept into the rubbish.
It was viewed by some as a dig at veteran Labor MPs Michael Polley and David Llewellyn.
Mr Polley has been easily re-elected but it is still unclear whether Mr Llewellyn will fend off a challenge from Ms White.
Ousted Labor MP Heather Butler is unimpressed with the result.
“When I first saw Rebecca’s ad I thought it was an ad for the Liberal party and I guess in some ways that’s the way it’s panning out,” she said.
“I guess there’s a sense of humour there, but it’s unusual to be attacking your own in that way.”
Ms White has shrugged off the criticism.
“The ad that I ran throughout the campaign was not a particular reference to any election candidate,” she said.
Ms White says the ad was about injecting some youth into parliament.
Tasmania’s outgoing Infrastructure Minister believes State Labor has a bright future despite losing its Parliamentary majority after yesterday’s election.
Graeme Sturges, who lost his seat in Denison after winning only 1,000 primary votes, has told ABC Local Radio he welcomes in first time candidate Scott Bacon and Rebecca White who looks set to win a seat in Lyons.
“They will offer a lot to the Labor party particularly to the Parliamentary Labor Party, and of course it helps with that renewal process,” he said.
“So, you know, I think Labor has got a very, very bright future ahead in Tasmania.
“It’s a matter of now rolling up the sleeves and knuckling down and getting on with the job.”
Liberal candidate for Lyons and Meander Valley Mayor Mark Shelton isn’t giving up hope that he will be elected to parliament.
The last seat in Lyons may still go to the Liberals, with Mr Shelton not far behind Labor candidates David Llewellyn and Rebecca White.
Mr Shelton says sitting Liberal member Rene Hidding’s preferences, may get him over the line.
“I certainly believe that I’m in with a chance, I’m really grateful to all those people who voted for me,” he said.
“It’s a bit of a nervous wait now until they count all the preferences and so on, but really pleased with the vote and looking forward to what might happen.”
Liberal MP Rene Hidding says the airing of an ABC program about possible toxins in East Coast water was the main reason behind the Greens’ strong performance in Lyons.
Greens member Tim Morris believes issues raised in an Australian Story report helped him top the polls and why support slipped for Water Minister David Llewellyn.
Mr Hidding agrees, but he has questioned the timing of the broadcast.
“Whether it was deliberate enough is for people to make their own minds up, but it was of course planned for some time and it arrived during an election campaign,” he said.
“The Greens are far cleverer at controlling side events than the other two parties and it worked for them.”