Counting may still be ongoing in the volatile seat of Bass, but Labor's Ross Hart - who conceded defeat after one term on the night of the election - has signaled he would be open to a further chance to represent its people.
"If I get an opportunity again to stand up for this electorate, I'll do that," he told Labor supporters at the Ravenswood Over 50s Club on Sunday night, flanked by newly-minted federal leader Anthony Albanese.
"We learn from our defeats, we move forward, we listen to our people, we listen to the communities that are affected by any of the legislation that's proposed either by a government or an opposition, and we modify our message appropriately."
Speaking in Launceston again on Monday morning at a press conference attended by both men and Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley, Mr Albanese said he would back Mr Hart should he wish to stand again.
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"If Ross wants to have a crack again, I would certainly welcome that," he said. "Because he was an outstanding local member here for Bass and Tasmania needs strong representation."
Mr Albanese reiterated the party's support for the state and its plans to reassess policy positions and messaging after last month's losses both in Tasmania and nationally.
However he was optimistic on Labor's chances in three years' time.
"I want to acknowledge the fact that many people did vote for us," Mr Albanese said. "The margin here is just in the hundreds of votes, so it doesn't take much to turn that around."
After announcing his new shadow cabinet on Monday, the Labor leader headed straight to Tasmania on what he described as a tour of the Australian regions which turned against his party.
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