Tasmania will have one less senator when Federal Parliament resumes on Tuesday.
Wendy Askew will fill the casual vacancy left by her brother David Bushby’s early retirement but she must wait until her appointment is approved by both houses of the Tasmanian Parliament.
Both houses do not sit again until March 19.
Mrs Askew hopes to be sworn into the Senate on April 2 - federal budget day.
“If all goes according to plan with the Tasmanian Parliament I will be in Canberra for the budget sittings,” she said.
“I’d love to be there now.
“I am taking calls and travelling in a voluntary capacity.
“I’m very passionate about getting on with the job.”
Mrs Askew recently resigned as an adviser to Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan.
She was chosen from seven Liberal candidates to replace Senator Bushby who announced his retirement last month with more than three years of his term left to serve.
He has been nominated as Australia’s next consul-general in Chicago.
Mrs Askew will take over his office in Launceston.
Bass Labor member Ross Hart, said there were only three weeks of parliament scheduled before the next federal election.
“What we have seen every time we have travelled to Canberra in the last 12 months is an inward looking government who have stopped listening to the Australian people – if they ever did,” Mr Hart said.
“The people in Bass have very real concerns about rising cost of living, a hospital system in crisis, not to mention bankers getting million dollar payouts after overseeing fraudulent behaviour”.
“The government is tired of governing and has scheduled parliament to sit for little more than ten days in eight months.
“Labor will seek support from parliament for it to do its job, to sit longer to bring the government to the table, to act on the Banking Royal Commission’s recommendations.”
Braddon Labor member Justine Keay said she also wanted Parliament to prioritise dealing with the recommendations arising from the Banking Royal Commission.
“I have received representations from a number of constituents on poor banking practices including the alleged doctoring of loan documents and threatening families with collection agency action against a deceased family member,” Ms Keay said.
“It proves once again Scott Morrison was never serious about tackling the banks and probably explains why he voted 26 times against a banking royal commission.”
Ms Keay said she also wanted the government to abandon its “flawed” coastal shipping legislation.
“This legislation could potentially open up Bass Strait to foreign flagged vessels at the expense of hundreds of local seafarers jobs,” she said.
“Over the parliamentary break we have continued to see the loss of Australian seafaring jobs with the crews of the BHP iron ore ships MV Mariloula and the MV Lowlands Brilliance sacked and replaced with foreign labour.”