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Election gamble pays off

Gutwein Budget Speech

The outcome of Tasmania's election nearly two weeks ago is now clearer, with confirmation voters in Clark have clinched a Liberal majority government.

Madeleine Ogilvie has seen off Simon Behrakis for the crucial 13th seat.

"I have always sought to place the people of Clark first, and this will not change moving forward," said the former Labor MP, who had split with the party after its left faction targeted her for her conservative stance on issues like same-sex marriage and euthanasia. 

"I am also incredibly grateful for the trust that the Premier and the Liberal Party placed in me. Premier Gutwein is an outstanding leader who has pulled off a remarkable and well deserved victory."

The House of Assembly will also have its first independent since being reduced in size in 1998, with Kristie Johnston beating Sue Hickey.

Premier Peter Gutwein is welcoming the Liberals' unprecedented third straight majority win.

"We will continue building on our strong economic position, so we can create more jobs and ensure we have the skills and training pathways Tasmanians need," he said. 

"This will allow us to continue investing strongly in health, in education and in housing, and to continue delivering our record infrastructure program, which is building better and safer communities."

In the state's northwest, preferences from Braddon Independent Craig Garland will determine whether previous Minister Roger Jaensch or Felix Ellis return to Parliament, Adam Brooks certain to win a seat.

Janie Finlay will replace Jennifer Houston for Labor in Bass.