Tasmanian Labor has once again put Senator Lisa Singh in a hard-to-win position on its Senate ticket in the next federal election.
While the returning officer is still yet to formally deliver the results, Senator Singh has finished fourth in a vote of rank-and-file members and conference delegates at the party’s state conference on Saturday.
Carol Brown is believed to be top of the ticket followed by Catryna Bilyk and union leader John Short.
This means Senator Singh will have to get a strong personal vote to win the third seat or Labor will need to do the unlikely and win a fourth seat.
Senator Singh said her scrutineers had informed her she had finished second when rank-and-file votes were collated but slipped down when votes from the unions and conference delegates were counted.
The scenario has replicated the position she found herself in after pre-selection for the 2016 federal election when she was placed in a so-called unwinnable fifth place on the party ticket.
Senator Singh was elected, however, after she received more than 20,000 below-the-line votes.
“I was disappointed last time and I’m disappointed again,” she told media on Saturday.
“Having said that, I respect the process.”
Senator Singh said she had “borne the brunt” of the negative aspects of factional movements in the Labor Party.
She said she had no intention to run as an independent in the next election and that she would “campaign with dignity” for a Labor government.