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Lightning can strike twice in politics.

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Warwick Smith, MP

Minister for Family Services

Federal Member for Bass





16 October 1998


Lightning can strike twice in politics


The belief that lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice doesn’t apply to politics!


This is t he second time that I have faced political defeat with the GST as a major issue.


With only a few postal votes to be counted following today’s 6.00pm deadline it appears impossible for me to retain the seat of Bass in the Australian Parliament.


The people of Bass have given me considerable support over the past 14 years. I also thank them for favouring me with their first preference votes in this election.


I am proud of what I have fought for and achieved on behalf of my electorate in the national Parliament.


I would like to thank the dedicated Liberal Party and personal supporters who worked so hard to assist me. They did an excellent job, considering Tasmania had just faced a big swing to Labor in the State election.


I would also like to thank my personal and ministerial staff who have given tireless effort to the people of Launceston and the North-East over the past two and a half years. Col Ward, Rosemary Tremayne, Krystyna Baylis, Damien Mantach and Mark Polonsky deserve credit for all their work in assisting the people of Tasmania.


Bass is a diverse electorate covering a sizeable regional and rural environment. Considerable skill and effort is required to get the best results for our people.


I congratulate Michelle O’Byrne and wish her well as she takes on responsibility for representing the people of Bass.


Contact: John Wilson, 0412 437 317.