DEPUTY Premier Bryan Green has denied Labor needs to cut ties with the Greens to prevent a repeat of the huge swing against the party at the state election in March.
Three federal lower house seats changed hands at the weekend on the back of an 11per cent statewide swing towards the Liberal Party on a two-party preferred basis.
Federal Labor MHRs who lost their seats said the unpopularity of the state Labor-Green minority government had contributed to their defeat.
State Opposition Leader Will Hodgman said the job was only half done.
"There is also no doubt the result reflects a strong dissatisfaction with the state Labor-Green minority government, and their destruction of Tasmania's economy," Mr Hodgman said.
However, Mr Green said the federal election was fought on national issues and the disunity in the Labor Party cost them.
He predicted the federal Coalition's victory may help state Labor's chances.
"The only positive associated with this is that people will get a dose of Tony Abbott and we'll see how we go from there," Mr Green said.
Asked repeatedly if it was time for Tasmanian Labor to distance itself from the Greens, Mr Green said the reality of the power- sharing arrangement did not match the perception that Labor was hamstrung by the Greens.
"We've done our best to provide a stable government through that period and we will continue to do so," he said.
"In the end we will make decisions as to how we move forward towards the next election."
The Deputy Premier blamed the Greens poor performance at the ballot box on Christine Milne's leadership, rather than state issues.
"I've always said that as soon as Christine Milne took over the leadership nationally she would lead them to oblivion," he said.
Tasmanian Greens leader Nick McKim rejected Mr Green's assessment of Ms Milne, who he described as a "fantastic leader".
Mr McKim refused to speculate about the state election outcome, but put the federal result down to the high unemployment rate.
"There's typically a bigger backlash against an incumbent government in those circumstances, and that's what we saw on Saturday," he said.