PM thanks Tasmanians for their support

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has thanked Tasmanians for supporting the Liberal government in the state's election.

Counting resumed on Sunday morning with Peter Gutwein's government confident but not assured of claiming a 13th seat to deliver it a majority in the state's 25-member lower house.

"While votes are still being counted, under Peter's strong, calm & cooperative leadership they have continued to take the state forward," Mr Morrison said in a tweet on Sunday.

"Thanks to all Tasmanians for their support of the Liberal Team in Tasmania."

Australians continue to re-elect governments during the COVID-19 pandemic, with incumbents returned now at all five state and territory elections since coronavirus changed the world early last year.

WA Labor won in a stunning landslide, joining the ALP in Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT in being re-elected during the coronavirus era.

"State leaders have typically done a better job than Scott Morrison when it comes to dealing with the pandemic," shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers told Sky News' Sunday Agenda program.

"The big failures in the management of this pandemic have been quarantine and the vaccination rollout, those things are Scott Morrison's responsibilities."

In that context, Mr Chalmers thought Labor leader Rebecca White and her team had done "quite an amazing job".

Mr Gutwein said on Saturday night he was confident of winning outright, saving him from his own pledge to quit if his government failed to claim a majority.

"Whilst we have won this election convincingly, it appears increasingly likely that we will also govern in majority," he told the tally room in Hobart.

Either way, the Liberals have won a third-straight term for the first time.

The premier called the election a year ahead of schedule in a bid to capitalise on high approval ratings stemming from coronavirus management.