The leader of the Australian Green Party has decided to call it quits from politics, after 25 years in the senate. He will be replaced by Senator Milne. He told parliamentary colleagues of his decision on Friday morning. The “Greens” over the past 10 years have increased in popularity and are the 3rd most popular political party in Australia, which was traditionally held by the Democrats. Opposition leader Tony Abbot believes that the Greens will now face “turbulent times”.
Bob Brown has resigned as leader of the Australian Greens parliamentary party.
He told his party colleagues of his decision on Friday morning.
Senator Brown says the Greens have such a depth of talent and experience lined up for leadership – something he could only dream about a decade ago.
He has thanked his nine colleagues and the 1.7 million voters who supported the Greens in 2010.
Senator Brown says he has advised Governor-General Quentin Bryce, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the leader of the Tasmanian Greens of his decision.
Senator Brown will also resign from parliament when his Tasmanian replacement is available in June.
‘I look forward to fresh green pursuits including writing, photography, music, occasional talks, bushwalking, and getting out with Paul to see Miranda Gibson, who has been perched for 120 days 60 metres high, in defence of a giant tree facing destruction in central Tasmania,’ the 67-year-old senator said.
The party’s deputy leader Christine Milne tweeted that she had been elected leader: ‘I’m honoured excited to have been elected leader of the GreensMPs to build on the great legacy of SenatorBobBrown.’
Senator Milne on Friday paid tribute to her predecessor’s ‘extraordinary leadership’.
‘For 25 years, Bob has been an inspiration to millions of Australians and a great force for good in our country,’ she said in a statement.
‘Under Bob’s wise leadership, the Greens have grown into the undisputed third force in Australian politics.’
The new leader promised to build on the Brown legacy by reaching out to even more Australians who share the party’s values of looking after ‘our country and our people’.
‘Under my leadership, we will work tirelessly towards making Australia a great place to live and work, now and into the future,’ she said.
The Greens focused on what really mattered to people, Senator Milne said, citing equality of opportunity, education, investment in innovation and improving quality of life.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said the Greens would face ‘turbulent times’ now that Senator Brown was quitting, noting he had been ‘too strong a force’ in Australian politics in recent years.
‘But I think he’s had a role in respect of the Greens a little bit like that of Don Chipp in respect of the Australian Democrats,’ Mr Abbott told reporters in Canberra.
‘I think these will be turbulent times for the Greens if and when he departs.’
Source: Sky News