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Independent Meg Webb wins Nelson

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A new face will appear in Tasmania's Upper House of Parliament after Independent Meg Webb bested Liberal Nic Street on preferences to claim the seat of Nelson.

The anti-poker machine campaigner and community sector worker ended up with 59 per cent of the vote - she received 10,648 votes ahead of Mr Street with 7,320.

"I'm going to be a champion for the community, that's always been my intention, that's why I ran, it's why I'm really excited that I've been elected and I can't wait to start," she said.

Anglicare's Social Action and Research Centre manager and independent campaigned strongly against poker machines.

"Pokies is something I'm known for, it's been part of my work for a number of years and I'm passionate about it, so I'll be very interested to see as it comes through the Upper House."

The large, 10-candidate field meant the Tasmanian Electoral Commission was forced to wait until postal votes had been returned more than a week after the May 4 poll to begin distributing preferences.

Despite being in third place throughout the majority of the counting, Ms Webb benefited from the preferences of former Labor MP and independent candidate Madeleine Ogilvie to edge out former Wilderness Society campaign manager Vica Bayley, whose preferences then put her in front to win the seat ahead of Mr Street.

Ms Webb said a major focus of her new role would be to pass a "women's lens" over legislation.

"I'm interested in the best interests of the Tasmanian community," she said.

Meanwhile, Labor's Jo Siejka was returned in Pembroke, as was the Liberal's Leonie Hiscutt in Montgomery.


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