Labor has to take back Bass and Braddon if it's to win the next federal election, Deputy Opposition Leader Richard Marles says.
Mr Marles' comments come after former Labor leader Bill Shorten made candid admissions last weekend about his failure to take the party to victory in May.
Mr Shorten was quoted in a News Corp paperon Sunday saying he had cast aside his dream of becoming prime minister. He also conceded he'd misread the public mood when it came to Labor's controversial franking credits policy.
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Labor's Ross Hart and Justine Keay lost their seats to Liberal challengers in Bass and Braddon, respectively, at the federal election.
Mr Marles, who was elevated to the deputy leadership following the party's crushing loss, appeared in the Lyons electorate on Monday morning, where he addressed the media.
He was adamant that Labor had to retake the seats it had lost in Tasmania if it had any chance of returning to the Treasury benches in three years' time.
"We need to be winning both Bass and Braddon at the next election if we hope to form government," Mr Marles said. "We will absolutely be going to Bass and Braddon frequently over the coming period."
"We'll be frequent visitors to Tasmania going forward.
Thanks @RichardMarlesMP for visiting my electorate today, learning about our great distilling sector, more than you might ever have wanted to know about chicken meat processing, and the infrastructure needs of the region. #auspolpic.twitter.com/Cns0MBAa3Z— Brian Mitchell MP (@BrianMitchellMP) October 7, 2019
"We need to be making sure that the messages that we're coming forward with, the way we're speaking, but more than that the policies that we put forward going into the next election, are policies which resonate with the people of Tasmania."
Mr Marles said he would be spending the rest of the day meeting with local mayors to talk about the issues facing the constituents of Lyons, as well as trying to get a "clear understanding" of the issues concerning Tasmanians more broadly.
Lyons was one of two electorates Labor held onto in Tasmania.