Political power is one of those things - it works in mysterious ways.
Many people seek it to try to do the right thing and be an advocate for their community and others try to use it to open doors on issues that have been stagnant for some time.
A person who falls into the former camp is former newsreader Jo Palmer, who last week quit her long-time job of 18 years and this week was announced as the Liberal candidate for Rosevears.
It was dubbed one of the region's worst-kept secrets, with Ms Palmer keeping her bid for politics tightly under wraps until the opportune moment.
Ms Palmer is a much-loved media personality and it must be a surreal moment for her to go from reading the news to becoming the news.
She has laid her intentions bare, saying she aligned herself with the Liberals in an attempt to be able to leverage that political power of the government, if she were successful in her bid for the seat of Rosevears.
An example of the latter is the issues surrounding access to abortion services in Tasmania.
Abortion is one of those hot-button issues. It seems that everyone has an opinion on it - who can access it, when and how, but not many of those people have experienced it.
Abortion should not really have had to become a political issue, it is common in other states, other jurisdictions that women have a right to choose, however much it might make other people uncomfortable.
Stories from some soon-to-be-published research from Kathryn LaRoche from Macquarie University has shed some light on the common experiences of women who are seeking such services in Tasmania.
The research by PhD candidate Ms LaRoche shows what many have heard anecdotally, that despite some services being available in Tasmania, many women are choosing to fly to Victoria or other states to seek the services they require.
Assisting a woman through this process is no doubt a delicate balancing act for health care professionals, due to the nature of the assistance, but it appears that for many Tasmanian GPs or other healthcare professionals are erring on the side of caution.
This shows there is a gap in the system, for the healthcare sector to feel supported in allowing to assist women in that choice.
It's not to say that women should be given a free-for-all in accessing the services, for all intents and purposes the checks and balances must be made, but healthcare professionals should feel supported in a system that will assist women in this situation - on both sides of the fence if they decide or not to go through with it.
However the political power falls, let's hope we see some discussion, at least on some of these particular issues, because they are affecting the community.