THE man who lost the "unlosable" 1993 federal election says former employee Tony Abbott will not do the same on Saturday.
John Hewson, who was a surprise loser to Labor's Paul Keating at the 1993 federal poll, was in Launceston yesterday.
He said he saw a bright future for Tasmania, including in organic produce.
He talked with Forest Hill Farm owners Gloria and Ian Benson about their North- West organic farming business and said he was looking to invest in the state.
Sydney-based Dr Hewson is still a Liberal Party member after resigning from Parliament in 1995, and is now an investment banker.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott worked as his press secretary from 1990 to 1993 and Dr Hewson likes his chances on Saturday.
"I think it is slipping away from (Prime Minister Kevin) Rudd, I think they ran a strategy based on his popularity and that was not sustainable," Dr Hewson said.
"As long as Abbott stays disciplined and focused he will be OK, he will win.
"I said at the start of the campaign that he would win by 10 or 15 seats and that is still my view."
Dr Hewson said that back in 1993 he did not think he would win, but history had been rewritten to "say it was an unlosable election and I lost it".
"But I do not think Abbott is in that position ... the only parallel I can see is that he (Rudd) is doing the same thing - lies and fear campaign," he said.
"It might have worked in '93 but it is not going to work this time."