The Liberals have cheered Madeleine Ogilvie's return to politics as the former Labor MP continues talking to Labor about whether she will rejoin the party.
The new member for Clark, who was elected on a recount to replace Labor MP for Scott Bacon who retired, did not take her seat in Parliament on Wednesday morning.
She could take her seat tomorrow as an independent as she mulls over whether to rejoin the party once led by her great uncle Albert Ogilvie.
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She resigned after losing her seat at the March 2018 election and stood unsuccessfully as an independent for the Legislative Council seat of Nelson.
Ms Ogilvie, 50, a Hobart barrister, held talks with Labor leader Rebecca White before Parliament and Ms White said the talks would continue.
Speaker Sue Hickey told parliament she had been advised of Ms Ogilvie's election on a recount.
Liberal MPs shouted "hear hear" while Labor members sat in silence.
Before Parliament started, Premier Will Hodgman told media he had no talks with Ms Ogilvie about her joining the Liberal Party.
He likened the ongoing talks about whether she would rejoin Labor as like a reality television show, "Labor's got talent".
Mr Hodgman told Parliament Ms Ogilvie had made a positive contribution and unlike Labor he welcomed her return.
"Is Madeleine Ogilvie going to be welcomed back or not?" Mr Hodgman asked Labor.
"It's starting to look a lot like a reality TV show.
"Will the tribe have her back or send her to exile island?"
Mr Hodgman said Franklin MP David O'Byrne was "at least willing to welcome her back and break the ice".
Government minister Guy Barnett said "Labor was at war".
Labor's left-dominated administrative committee is ready to consider any application for her to rejoin the party.
One Labor source said the debate on whether she should rejoin was "not factional specific".
Former Labor minister Dr Julian Amos said he believed Ms Ogilvie would take her seat as an independent and continue as an independent.
"That would give her a sense of notoriety and freedom that would be strong enough to keep her as independent," Dr Amos said.
"As a Labor member she would have to sign a pledge of support to the party."