Tasmania needs to stop programming itself for failure, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told the ailing island state.
In a clear reference to environmental standards, Mr Abbott has told Liberal members at the party's state conference Tasmania has set the bar too high.
"All too often, particularly here in Tasmania, we have programmed ourselves to fail," the prime minister said on Saturday.
"We have burdened ourselves with unnecessary taxes and regulations.
"We have set standards of perfection which no one can achieve instead of getting on with a reasonable job with a reasonable prospect of success."
Mr Abbott reminded members the state had the country's highest unemployment, lowest wages and lowest life expectancy.
"All that simply has to change," he said.
The prime minister received a standing ovation from around 200 members in a celebratory mood on his first visit to Tasmania since his election in September.
The state delivered massively for the coalition, dumping ALP members from three of its five seats in an 11.3 per cent swing against the government, the biggest of any state.
"It is so good to be here to savour success," Mr Abbott said.
The party looks likely to savour more success in a state election due next March.
Opposition leader Will Hodgman is riding high in the polls after 15 years of Labor government, the last four in coalition with the Greens.
Mr Abbott gave Mr Hodgman, the son of the late former federal minister Michael Hodgman, a ringing endorsement.
"What we need here in Tasmania is new will and new leadership and that's what is sitting right here beside me," the prime minister said.Mr Hodgman will address the conference on Sunday.