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Hunter starts new career but puzzles over loss

In a week, Meredith Hunter's former Legislative Assembly colleagues will return for the first sitting period of 2013.

The former ACT Greens leader, one of three Greens MLAs to lose their seats at the October territory elections, admits she is still getting used to life outside politics and outside the assembly chamber.

''I do miss it,'' she said.

''I'm still in a bit of disbelief about the outcome.

''The indication was certainly not that we'd go down to one.''

After taking a break to ''spend time with the children, clean the cupboards and look at what my next step would be'', the former Ginninderra candidate will take on her first job after politics on Monday.


Ms Hunter has been named the director of development and engagement at the University of Canberra's new faculty of education, science, technology and mathematics.

The faculty, and Ms Hunter's role, was established following a reshuffle of teaching areas at the university last year.

Ms Hunter will develop relationships between the faculty and professionals in the community sector to create opportunities for students and ensure their course work is giving them the right skills.

''Some of it could be around how the faculty can engage with teachers across the territory and provide something that will benefit teachers across the territory,'' she said.

''We know, for example, that across Australia science and maths teaching is an area that needs focus to engage young students and have that interest in science, technology and maths.

''So where are the opportunities there, not just across the public school system but the whole sector?''

Faculty dean Professor Geoff Riordan said Ms Hunter was chosen because of her background in government, politics and the community sector.

Ms Hunter said she was ''excited'' about the new role, despite her disappointment at not being returned to the assembly.

The ACT Greens are conducting two internal reviews following the wipeout of all but one of their MLAs - new Greens minister Shane Rattenbury - but Ms Hunter said she still believed the party ran a ''solid'' campaign that had ''clear strategies'' and ''didn't mess up''.

The Greens were criticised by other parties after the election for what was seen as a lack of campaigning in the final week leading up to polling day.

But Ms Hunter - who said the party ''didn't have $20,000 or $30,000 we could spend in that last week'' - said that alone could not be the reason for the election result.

''Although I do acknowledge that there were a lot of undecided voters,'' she said.

''And what does it tell us about negative campaigns and now successful they are?

''How many of the 10 per cent of undecided voters responded to the big billboards and the ads that were repeated over and over?''