ENDANGERED Tourism Minister Richard Colbeck admits he wasannoyed bybeing pushed down to fifth on the Tasmanian Senate ticket, but is knuckling down.
“Ithink it’sfair to say I’ma tad grumpy.”Devonport-based Senator Colbeck said when asked if he felt he had been ill-treated.
Fighting spirit: Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colbeck admits being annoyed by being chosen fifth on the ticket, but believes he can win.
‘’I’vebeen a member of the party for a long time and Iam where Iam.
“We’ve been through the process.
“My job now is to ensure Imaximise the Liberal vote so I get elected.’’
The state’s only federal minister,he does not agree with a widely held view preselectors put him in a risky spot for the expected double dissolution election because he is a relative moderate.
‘’I don’tbelieve that,’’ Senator Colbeck said.
“ …Ithink it’s important the party has the capacity to reflect asbroad a range of the community as possible.
‘’Idon’t think I’m all that out there, to be honest.’’
Many were surprised Senator Colbeck came in fifth on a ticket of six, behind veteran Eric Abetz, Senate President Stephen Parry, newcomer Jonathon Duniam and Senator David Bushby
Some have suggested conservative SenatorAbetzhad a hand in Senator Colbeck’s preselection outcome.
‘’Everyone in the contest was out there advocating for themselves,” Senator Colbeck said.
“Istuck my hand up, made my case and the numbers fell the way they fell.’’
He declined to criticise preselectors.
’’I’ve had my successes at preselectionin the past, I’vehad my disappointments and I’m on the ticket in position where I can win a seat,” he said.
He said he had always tried to do the best for Tasmania.
“I’ve hadreally strong messages of support to continue to do that and that’s my focus.”
The Liberals have been criticised for selecting an all-male ticket.
Senator Colbeck described itas a weakness.
He said he encouraged women to be part of the process andwould work to help get Liberal candidate Amanda-Sue Markham elected in Franklin.
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