Ushering in old and new

Written By miftah nugraha on Rabu, 08 Mei 2013 | 19.55

TASMANIA'S Upper House has rolled out the welcome mat for two familiar faces and one new one.

Incumbents Pembroke MLC Vanessa Goodwin and Nelson MLC Jim Wilkinson -- along with new Montgomery MLC Leonie Hiscutt -- were today officially declared the winners of Upper House elections held at the weekend.

In a small ceremony outside Parliament House in Hobart, Mr Wilkinson and Dr Goodwin thanked their supporters.

Unsuccessful Nelson candidates Tom Baxter and Hans Willink were also on hand to congratulate Mr Wilkinson on his win.

Mr Wilkinson said it showed that although everyone was concerned about social issues, Nelson electors were mainly concerned about jobs, a drop in home values and securing a good future for their children.

He again said he would put his hand up for the Upper House presidency -- a role which has been left open by the retirement of former Montgomery MLC Sue Smith.

Ms Goodwin said her campaign showed Pembroke electors were keen on a Liberal majority government.

She congratulated Upper House veteran Mr Wilkinson and thanked him for his guidance during her first term in parliament.

"He has been a great support in showing me the ropes," she said.

Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner Julian Type said early indications showed voter turnout was about 85 per cent in the three electorates – about 5 per cent above recent participation rates.


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