Tasmanian Labor senator Lisa Singh says she’s borne the brunt of internal factions after again being dropped to last spot on the party’s upper house state ticket for the federal election.
Ms Singh on Saturday took fourth spot on the Tasmanian ticket, with sitting members Carol Brown and Catryna Bilyk first and second followed by John Short.
Ms Singh was in 2016 elected from an “unwinnable” last place on the ticket after being relegated there by a factional deal.
“”I was disappointed last time and I’m disappointed again,” she said at the Tasmanian Labor annual state conference in Hobart.
“There’s obviously benefits of factions, and there are negatives, and I’m bearing the brunt of the negative part of that.”
Ms Singh, who is not aligned with Labor’s left or right, said she was second after the rank-and-file vote but was pushed down to fourth once union and conference delegate votes were added.
The former Tasmanian MP was elected to the senate two years ago with around 20,000 first preference votes.
“Last time everyone said I was in an unwinnable position and we proved them wrong,” Ms Singh said. .
Ms Singh has ruled out running as an independent.
© AAP 2018