SID Sidebottom says it's been particularly hard to engage people this election, with many tired of politics after a long campaign.
The Braddon Labor MHR has a tough couple of weeks ahead of him, campaigning in an electorate that has the highest unemployment rate in Tasmania, and the lowest educational outcomes in the country.
Mr Sidebottom said it was no surprise that job security, the economy and cost of living were key priorities for voters.
He said Braddon's problems were predominantly caused by the global economy and demand, structural change and the high Australian dollar.
"The other thing is we're transitioning away from very large enterprises, such as we had with the paper mills, carpet factory, even the towel factory because we can't compete ... and we've developed a very lean manufacturing," Mr Sidebottom said.
"We've diversified the economy here so we don't just rely on one or two enterprises."
Mr Sidebottom said aquaculture, dairy, mining, agricultural and fruit industries were growing, and maintained that there was still a future for forestry in the North-West.
He said he didn't believe in waiting until an election to make announcements, with Labor planning to continue existing investments in education, training and infrastructure.
"The world doesn't owe us a living ... the world says, we will buy the goods and services of those countries that provide the best, and we can here, but that requires us to have a skilled workforce with the infrastructure to do it," he said.