Former long-serving Labor politician, Harry Quick, who was once going to stand for the Greens, has now teamed up with Independent MHA Madeleine Ogilvie.
Mr Quick, 79, who in recent years has survived prostate cancer and heart surgery, was the Labor member for Franklin from 1993 until he retired in 2007.
He was expelled from the Labor Party in 2007 over unpaid membership dues.
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"I had a heart attack and six by-passes last October and I survived prostate cancer two years ago so I thought I've got a third chance at life and I need to keep busy," he said.
"I was watching the recount for Madeleine because I've had a lot of experience in watching how votes are cut up.
"I was happy to volunteer to help and for something to do and to help answer people's problems.
"I come in most days and I'm loving it helping Madeleine and, particularly, helping people with their problems."
Mr Quick, a former teacher, believes Ms Ogilvie, who was a Labor MHA until she lost her seat only to be re-elected in a recount for Scott Bacon's seat, should remain an independent.
"Her strategy has to be to appeal to everybody and if you look after people, they'll look after you.
"The Labor Party shafted her so why would she go back?
"With Sue Hickey (Speaker and Liberal Clark member) all over the place, Madeleine has a bit of influence with what the government does and she's helping people."
When he considered running for the Greens in the Legislative Council seat of Derwent in 2009 against Treasurer Michael Aird, then Greens leader Nick McKim described him as a "perfect fit for the Greens".
"Harry Quick is the hardest worker for his constituents that I have seen in Tasmanian politics," now Senator McKim said.
A senior Labor source was surprised at Mr Quick's decision to work for Ms Ogilvie.
"It's a continuation of his betrayal of the Labor Party - they deserve one another," he said.