North West based Senator and deputy Senate president Stephen Parry will most likely be elected by the Senate as its new president after June 30 next year.
The vote will go his way by convention, with the job going with the government, but current Labor president John Hogg from Queensland will keep the job until he retires from politics on June 30.
The Senate presidency is a highly prestigious position, ranked number three in status after the office of Governor-General and the Prime Minister.
Pomp and ceremony aside, when the ministry is sworn in next week Senator Eric Abetz will become the number three rank in the government as leader of the government in the Senate, after the prime minister and deputy prime minister.
It will mean that by June next year Tasmania will have two senators at the highest levels in the Abbott government, a level of status unprecedented.
A former policeman and then undertaker by profession, Senator Parry won a third Liberal Senate seat in 2004, to go on to be elected Liberal Senate deputy whip and then party whip, and then deputy president.
If Senator Richard Colbeck joins the ministry Tasmania is headed for a level of status and influence in the Abbott government far beyond its level of representation.