THE starter's gun has been fired six months out from the state election as the opposition seeks to cash in on pro-Liberal sentiment from the federal election result.
Opposition Leader Will Hodgman launched a new travelling billboard yesterday to feature in Launceston and Hobart with a clear message.
"It's six months now till the next state election is due and my message to Tasmanians will be very clear - they've ended the Labor-Green experiment in Canberra but the job's only half done," Mr Hodgman said.
Peeling back a "6 months to go" sticker, Mr Hodgman denied he had entered campaign mode too early, saying he was keen to let Tasmanians know they had a "clear choice".
Premier Lara Giddings, fresh off the plane from her Asian trade mission, said the election was not on her mind as she focused on "doing the job required for Tasmania".
"We're a long, long way from our state election campaign," Ms Giddings said.
It's clear Mr Hodgman will continue to highlight any crack of light between the two governing parties, firing a broadside at the Green cabinet ministers Nick McKim and Cassy O'Connor for "openly expressing their disapproval at foreign investment in this state" when Ms Giddings was travelling internationally to seek it.
Ms Giddings responded to Mr Hodgman by pointing out the difference on the same issue between federal Liberal and Nationals set to govern together.
Mr Hodgman is eager to reach to the poll date - also launching a countdown clock on his website - but by nominating March 15 he risks potential embarrassment as Ms Giddings has yet to set a poll date, saying simply it would be "sometime in March".
Ms Giddings attempted to make hay from the Liberal move but instead wished defeat on her sole Labor state ally.
"I understand Mr Hodgman's launched a countdown to the South Australian election and I wish him well against (Premier) Jay Weatherall," Ms Giddings said.
Several of Mr Hodgman's Liberal colleagues came unstuck in the federal campaign after advertising the Julia Gillard announced September 14 election date before it was changed by Kevin Rudd to September 7.
The previous Labor government pledged to bring in fixed-term legislation though a bill has not transpired.