The Labor Party is neglecting northern Tasmania and risks losing a seat in Bass, according to a party stalwart.
Dick Adams, a former State minister, long-serving federal member for Lyons and life member, believes MPs and senators need to work harder.
However, Labor Party state secretary Stuart Benson said Northern Tasmania remained a top priority for Labor at both a state and federal level.
“Labor will have a strong field of candidates in Bass at the next State and Federal elections and Labor will continue to put forward detailed policies designed to create jobs and get the Northern economy moving,” Mr Benson said.
Mr Adams would not single out any individuals but said the party administration and parliamentary members at a state and federal level needed to give the North more attention.
“There are no strong role models in the North, there is no dynamic activity – it is a very morbid machine,” Mr Adams said.
“The party needs to renew across the North and focus more on policy.”
He said Labor was faring better in the North-West.
“Bass is where the party should be putting in enormous effort.
“There is no organiser in the North – the North had been neglected when there should be more emphasis on the region.
“The three Liberal members in Bass are all established senior ministers and I fear Labor could lose a seat at the next election.”
The seat of Bass has Labor members Michelle O’Byrne and Jennifer Houston while the Liberals have Premier Peter Gutwein, Infrastructure Minister Michael Ferguson and Health Minister Sarah Courtney.
Mr Adams also wants Labor to focus on jobs and policy.
“You need tension in the party and if there is no tension and no debate there is no drive to perform better.
“Labor needs to talk about jobs and importantly training for the jobs in the new world and a world post COVID-19.
“It’s easy to say words but you need to have a deep understanding and basis on where Tasmania will be in 20 years.
“We need investment, both private and state, and the state can be the driver for new industries.”
Mr Adams who was an MHR for 20 years until 2013 says members need to work harder.
“They need to work harder than they are presently working.
“Our senate offices are not as dynamic as they should be and they are failing to be out there in the community.
“On the conservative side they have young senators who are on the ground.”
Mr Adams recently stood unsuccessfully for party president and in a letter to members said he supported Labor’s COVID-19 recovery package.
Mr Benson said Labor’s recovery package outlined clear plans to create jobs in industries “crying out for workers’, including free TAFE courses to train workers for jobs in growth industries, and upskill workers who have been displaced.
“Labor has put forward a range of policy ideas to create new jobs across the North including in manufacturing, construction, health, hospitality and transport,” he said.
“The result in Rosevears would be a serious disappointment to the Liberal Party.
“The result is still unclear and the Liberal vote is similar to where it was six years ago. Hardly a significant swing considering their high-profile candidate and the seat of Rosevears resides in the Premier’s seat.”
He was confident based on the Rosevears’ result that Labor would hold two seats in Bass.