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Christine Milne, Senator for Tasmania and Leader of the Australian Greens, is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected environmental and community activists, with a career spanning 30 years.
After leading a highly successful alliance of farmers, fishers, scientists, environmentalists and concerned community members from Wesley Vale to prevent the construction of a polluting pulp mill, Christine was 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, and elected Deputy Leader of the Greens by her colleagues in 2008.
Christine’s vision, her deep policy knowledge about climate change and her unparalleled experience with power-sharing minority governments led to the establishment of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee and its successful negotiations to design the Clean Energy Future package which will place innovation, opportunity and clean energy at the
Having grown up on a dairy farm, Christine’s commitment to and understanding of farmers, the needs of regional Australia and the future of the country’s food production is widely appreciated. She is currently overseeing the development of a major local and global food security and sovereignty campaign placing sustainable agriculture, biosecurity, healthy eating, and a fair go for farmers, as priorities in maintaining Australia’s world renowned food industry.
When in the Tasmania parliament, Christine constructed a comprehensive plan to transform the state into a “clean, green and clever” economy. Although futuristic at the time, her proposal has become main stream, and Christine has brought a similar vision to the federal parliament.
Christine has long recognised the arts as playing a central role in our quality of life and self awareness as Australians. As well as a passionate attendee at galleries and performances, Christine works hard to bring the needs of artists to parliament.
Christine’s global reputation was recognised when she was appointed a United Nations Global 500 Laureate and elected Global Vice-President of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) from 2005-08.