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Palmer secures seat in upper house election


It was a close call for ex-TV identity Jo Palmer in the seat of Rosevears. Her bid to switch from TV to a job in the state's upper house of parliament has crawled over the line.

The former Miss Australia was well ahead in the election count for Rosevears, before preferences saw her final winning margin fall to just 260 votes.

'The last few hours were pretty tense, and I'll tell you there were a few tears when the official result came in,' Jo Palmer said.

Premier Peter Gutwein is thrilled to welcome her to the Liberal government in the upper house.

'She works hard, she's diligent, and importantly she's kind. I'm very pleased to have her as part of my team moving forward.'

Independent Janie Finlay is proud of her efforts, coming in a close second.

'For me, it's just about gratitude. It's about pride, it's about knowing that there's so many great people doing amazing things here. I got to learn about it. I got to be a part of it.'

Meanwhile Labor has added to its ranks in Tasmania's Upper House with medico Bastian Seidel cruising to victory in Huon to dislodge independent Robert Armstrong.

Labor MP David O'Byrne responding to commentary about both seats falling to the major parties instead of independents.

'This claim that the sky will fall down because people have voted and decided what they want, I think is pretty offensive to the people that have voted for their candidates.'