Senator Christine Milne has announced her resignation as Leader of the Australian Greens having decided not to contest the next federal election. Senator Milne has enjoyed a significant public career over almost three decades and will be remembered for her strong environmental and community advocacy.
Former Greens Leader Christine Milne.
Senator Milne was first elected to the Tasmanian parliament in 1989, and became the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania in 1993. She was elected to the Senate in 2004, elected Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens in 2008 and Leader in April 2012, following the retirement of Dr Bob Brown.
A ballot for the leadership of the Australian Greens took place earlier today with Senator Richard Di Natale being elected unopposed as the new Greens leader.
Richard di Natale, 44, is the new leader of the Greens.
Senator Di Natale was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and is the Greens' first Victorian Senator. He has been the Australian Greens spokesperson on health, mulitculturalism, youth, gambling and sport. Prior to entering parliament, Senator Di Natale was a general practitioner and public health specialist.
Senators Larissa Waters (Qld) and Scott Ludlam (WA) were elected unopposed as the Australian Greens' co-deputy leaders.