UP A back street near the Longford Primary School is the haunted house where Lyons Labor MHR Dick Adams and Dee Alty have lived for more 20 years.
They know it's haunted.
They have first-hand accounts of a ghost's presence even though it hasn't bothered the two who have been partners in politics and in life for 33 years.
``My mum saw her standing in the doorway there, in a white nightie thing,'' Ms Alty says.
Ms Alty is sitting with the family dogs in the living room - the room, the haunted room.
The ghost is supposed to be a female servant who worked at the house in its earliest days more than 170 years ago who died in a fire in the room.
Mr Adams' ghost stories are even better.
The country Northern Tasmanian tells a good yarn.
``We had a young man sleeping in here at one stage,'' says Mr Adams from the other side of the room.
``He was staying here with his parents, friends of ours.
``He was a teacher - 23 or 24 years old. He was so frightened that he got up in the middle of the night and went upstairs and slept with his parents.''
Mr Adams pauses for effect, takes a slow sip from his tea cup and finishes off the fruit cake that Peggy the shetland sheep dog has been silently stalking.
``Then there was another guy who left in such a panic,'' he says.
``He was looking after the house for us while we were away and sleeping in this room. He actually got up in the middle of the night and went into Launceston and stayed in a hotel for the rest of the night.
``What she [the ghost] does is she pushes the men to the bottom of the bed.''
Mr Adams loves the stories. He loves the local history.
``This was the Richardson's house for years - you know, Sam [of independent supermarkets fame] and his brothers,'' he says.
``A guy called Reid built the house in 1842 - `Cob' Walker [another Longford identity] lived over the road.''
History is what Mr Adams will spend more time doing when he finally retires from his long political career.
But he doesn't want that to happen any time soon.
He wants at least another term representing voters in the state's geographically biggest electorate.
``I want to see more things through that are not quite there yet,'' he says.
``I want to finish off the irrigation projects - we need to be doing something with water.
``Like water into the East Coast to get the wine grapes really going - and we need good training.
``We need to be working with schools to get more people going on to other training.
``We need new business, innovative ideas to keep people here, new ways for farming.''
Other than history, it's difficult to draw the Adams-Alty team on life outside politics.
It's what they've done together since they met at a Labor branch function in Hobart.
``We had a mutual friend,'' Ms Alty says. ``We used to have crazy parties in the days when politics was fun,'' she adds wistfully.
``We talk about it, read about it, both here and nationally and overseas.''
Ms Alty was a Hobart City Council alderman.
``So he [Mr Adams] was my handbag for a while,'' the Adams' office manager and chief adviser says.
Much of any time away from work is spent with family including Ms Alty's son Jay Jay from her first marriage and Mr Adams' daughter Kellie and grandchildren Esther, Charlie and Asher.
Australian bush poet Henry Lawson set Mr Adams on the path that took the Cressy farm boy to federal politics.
He did not do well at school. He left with a reasonable understanding of mathematics but was ``pretty dysfunctional'', at his own admission, with reading and writing.
So he went shearing as many country boys of his generation did.
He was in Queensland working in a shed, aged 17, when he picked up a book of Henry Lawson poems.
``Henry wrote about shearing and shearing camps in the 1800s and I felt that I had a link with Lawson,'' Mr Adams says.
``It's the link that you have to find for people learning to read whether it's an outboard motor manual or wanting to read to their children.''
He kept reading, became involved in the union movement both in the sheds and later at the meatworks at Longford.
As he rose up through the union ranks he sought out the extra education that he needed. ``I finally found an advertisement in an Adult Education supplement,'' Mr Adams said.
When he turned up for the first class at Rosny College there was only him and the teacher so he started private classes. The home schooling went on for four years and fostered Mr Adams' thirst for knowledge that has never left him.