TASMANIA'S political landscape has been radically redrawn by the federal election, with newly marginal seats creating heightened interest among the government and Labor opposition.
With the dust largely settled on election counting, the four party-won seats are held by five per cent or less, putting them firmly in the marginal category.
According to University of Tasmania political analyst Tony McCall, Tasmania can expect close attention from Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government.
``Collectively, these marginal seats have the advantage of elevating Tasmania in terms of allocation of increasingly scarce resources when governments are faced with prioritising project funds and services,'' Dr McCall said.
comWith that in mind, New Liberal members Andrew Nikolic, Eric Hutchinson and Brett Whiteley could already have a strategy in play on how to maximise their influence.
``They've taken to calling themselves the `three amigos' and this seems to indicate a recognition of the challenge they face in securing funds for their electorates and how they might collaborate to perhaps prioritise to secure investment,'' Dr McCall said.
Conversely, Labor national secretary George Wright said the party would campaign hard to turn the seats red.
``All five Tasmanian seats will be closely contested at the next federal election . . . Labor will keep campaigning on the issues that matter to local communities in all five Tasmanian seats,'' he said.
The final margins, confirmed in the following days, show remarkable swings to the Liberal Party that led on polling day.
Mr Nikolic, formally declared the winner by the Electoral Commission yesterday, will have a 4.2 per cent margin following a huge 10.9 per cent swing against Labor in Bass.
In Braddon, a swing of 10.1 per cent to Mr Whiteley gives him a 2.6 per cent margin, while the biggest swing in Tasmania came in Lyons where Eric Hutchinson wiped out Dick Adams' margin with a 13.6 per cent swing for a narrow 1.3 per cent win.
The sole outlier is in Denison, which has blown out to be Tasmania's safest seat, with Andrew Wilkie's 15.6 per cent margin replicating precisely former Labor MHR Duncan Kerr's 2007 election result.