ERIC Hutchinson, like his sons John and Dave, was still getting used to having a politician in the family yesterday.
The boys said early in the campaign that they hadn't given much thought to the prospect of their father winning the Northern seat of Lyons _ the state's biggest electorate _ at his second attempt.
John, 11, said that he'd rather wait until it really happened.
They turned out to be wise words.
Mr Hutchinson had to wait the longest of the three Northern Tasmanian Liberal candidates to claim victory in Saturday night's federal election.
Lyons Labor MHR Dick Adams, the incumbent for 20 years, refused to concede the seat until late yesterday morning once the numbers ``had become clearer''.
Mr Hutchinson said that he had not given too much thought yet to what he wanted to achieve in his first 100 days in office.
``We'll start work on Monday,'' he said.
``But there's a lot to do _ I have to deal with obligations at work.
``I will hand in my resignation [today].''
Mr Hutchinson, a wool trader buyer and broker, has worked for Tasmanian agricultural company Roberts for 16 years.
``Then I have to find myself a base and set up,'' he said.
But after spending the morning pulling down election campaign signs, Mr Hutchinson was clear on two issues that the Tasmanian Liberals took to the polls.
``This election was the referendum about jobs and the forest industry _ this was the first opportunity that the people of Tasmania and the people in the electorate of Lyons were given to have their say regarding the disastrous jobs-destroying forest deal,'' he said.
``There was no consultation with the broader community until now _ they have now had their chance to have their say and they have spoken clearly.''
Mr Hutchinson said that the Liberals would look at the options regarding the latest round of World Heritage listings for the state.
``These were done by Labor and the Greens without consultation or comment from the community and were simply wrong,'' he said.
``We will be asking _ as is the requirement of the World Heritage committee to consult _ to have the consultation process.''