New independent MP Madeleine Ogilvie hasn't ruled out rejoining the Labor Party as she took her seat behind the government in Parliament this morning.
Flanked by Premier Will Hodgman and Attorney-General Elise Archer Ms Ogilvie swore the oath of allegiance and then took her seat behind Police Minister Mark Shelton.
Greens leader Cassy O'Connor shook her hand and Labor leader Rebecca White also welcomed her.
Ms Ogilvie, won a recount for the seat left vacant after the resignation of Labor member for Clark Scott Bacon.
She is the first independent to sit in the House of Assembly since former federal Liberal MP, the late Bruce Goodluck in 1996.
Ms Archer had earlier warmly welcomed Ms Ogilvie's return to Parliament and said it was "unprecedented" that Labor had lost a seat on a recount.
"Rebecca White has been unable to ensure they retained that seat and welcomed Madeleine Ogilvie back into the Labor fold," she said.
"Madeleine has as we know Labor bloodlines and she can see the state that her old party is currently in and obviously doesn't want to go back to it."
Ms Archer said Labor was owned by the "far-left" and "does not want to represent the views of everyday, hardworking Tasmanians".
Ms Ogilvie, who said she had let her Labor Party membership lapse after losing her seat at the March 2018 election, stood unsuccessfully as an independent for the Legislative Council seat of Nelson.
Despite "very warm, frank and open" talks with Ms White, Ms Ogilvie said it was appropriate to stand as an independent to provide stability to Parliament.
"Look I have had conversations really warm conversations with Labor and the leader but look there are there are obstacles," she said. "There's nothing that time can't fix.
Asked if she would rule out joining the Labor Party, she said: "I'm not into ruling things in or out. We'll just see what unfolds."
Ms Ogilvie said she had been an "independent for some time" and enjoyed speaking freely on all issues.
"We have a government and Parliament here that has had this little bit of instability and I think it is incumbent upon us to all think about our Westminster system and democracy and how we get the best government we can get," she said.
Tasmanian business, the agricultural sector and university had concerns about instability and wanted certainty so they could invest and get major projects underway, Ms Ogilvie said.
She promised to draw on her legal experience to look at all legislation and to consult widely.
"I've got a bit of experience to draw on when it comes to those questions about balance of power issues that might come up for contentious legislation. I will be using my legal skills to look at every bill as it comes up and I will analyze it.
"But most importantly I will make sure it's properly consulted. That's what people want."
Ms Ogilvie rejected suggestions she had abandoned her Labor ancestors.
"The Ogilvie family has a long tradition of politics and law in its blood. My great uncle and grandfather did great things.
"They built the hydro. They built the hospital they built the road up the mountain. They delivered state schools for Tasmania.
"Now that's a great basis to start with. I hope that's still in my DNA."