Green keen for new role

New State Opposition Leader Bryan Green. Picture: Bodey Dittloff.

Politics. While the Liberals gained four out of five seats on offer in Braddon, the remaining seat was comprehensively held by Labor’s Bryan Green, who now faces a different challenge over the coming years as the state’s new Opposition Leader.

The former Deputy Premier had topped Braddon’s vote counts in past three state elections, but was the third to have a seat confirmed this year behind Adam Brooks and Jeremy Rockliff.

Having been unopposed for his new appointment within the Labor Party, Mr Green was able to reflect on the past two weeks, admitting it seemed “such a long time ago” when the state election was held.

“From my perspective, it was disappointing to lose the election,” he said. “[But] I’m happy to have held my own seat.

“We must learn from where we went wrong. We’d been in government for a long time. . . There was a ‘change’ factor involved [in the results].”

With the final results in Braddon providing a noticeable swing in favour of the Liberal Party, Mr Green said being the sole Labor candidate in the electorate would not disrupt his service in opposition.

“We thought it would come out 3-2. The fifth seat is always won on a few hundred votes,” he said.
“It can all turn around pretty quickly, and I’m determined to work to get us back on track.”

With Labor holding just seven seats across the state, Mr Green remained optimistic in looking ahead to the next few years, saying he was personally committed to rebuilding in opposition.

“I’m really happy with a lot of the stuff we’ve done in the Circular Head community, such as Ta Ann and giving Woolnorth the go ahead,” he said.

“We’re in opposition – I don’t think the workload will drop off. It’s more of a self-motivation thing [to continue working hard].”

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