TASMANIAN Labor members are expected to embrace the party's new national leader, despite the majority backing defeated Anthony Albanese.
ALP state secretary John Dowling said members were keen to congratulate victor Bill Shorten.
``People that were publicly supporting `Albo' have swung right in behind Bill,'' Mr Dowling said.
Tasmanian ALP members made the most of their chance to have a say in the party's federal leader for the first time with the highest rate of ballot return compared to other states.
All but two of Tasmania's seven federal representatives voted for Mr Albanese, who was also publicly backed by several state Labor MPs.
Premier Lara Giddings, who did not reveal who won her vote, was among those offering congratulations to Mr Shorten yesterday.
``Tasmanians will remember Bill for his leadership during the 2006 Beaconsfield mine disaster as national secretary of the Australian Workers Union,'' Ms Giddings said. ``I look forward to working with Bill and his Labor team in Canberra to help ensure Tasmania's voice is heard by the new Abbott Liberal government.''
Despite the new leadership election process winning praise, it's unlikely a similar system will be used at state level if Labor loses the state election.
Even though the state branch wants a model to give unions and members a say along with the Parliamentary Labor Party, the rule change needs approval at the national conference which will likely be too late.