Bill Shorten's Tasmania visit

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Former Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was back in Tasmania for the first time since his defeat at the May election. The now Shadow NDIS Minister met with disability advocates in the state's north.

Bass and Braddon fell to the Liberals in a stunning upset on election night.

Mr Shorten believes many locals felt Labor's focus on the environment couldn't coexist with an emphasis on jobs.

"We are representing the miners of Beaconsfield. I've spent a lot of time in Tassie. It pains me to realise that some people thought we weren't the party pushing for the jobs of Northern Tasmanians," he said.

"If people didn't accept that, then it's up to Labor to make sure we win the argument next time."

The loss in Northern electorates, Mr Shorten says, is due to Liberal's effective tactic of pitting the north of Tasmania against the south. 

"There was a scare campaign that said if we did something in Hobart, it doesn't help the north."

"The fact of the matter is that we had other policies for northern Tassie, but that election has been fought."

"For me, my focus is on the future."