For Bass Liberal MHA Sarah Courtney, the return of a majority Liberal government on Saturday night was tempered by the death of former Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin that same day.
Describing the day as “emotional” for the Liberal party, Ms Courtney said Ms Goodwin’s death was a great loss to the party.
“It’s been a difficult and challenging day for some of us with regards to Vanessa,” she said.
“But obviously, very pleased we’re going to see another Hodgman majority Liberal government.
“Vanessa was a woman of so much integrity and intellect and capacity for empathy, so to have lost her on a day like today it’s particularly poignant.”
On such a bittersweet day, Ms Courtney said being re-elected meant there was opportunity to continue the path the Liberals had laid out for Tasmania over the past four years.
“One of the reasons we have been re-elected, I think, is because we’ve articulated a plan to the Tasmanian community.
“We’ve shown we can deliver on the commitments we’ve made … to be able to encourage jobs and growth and business, we’ve been able to invest in the areas that are important to Tasmanians such as health and education.
“Being able to see our plans that started during the last term be able to continue through the next term, I think is really exciting for our state."