Senator Christine Milne

Former leader of the Australian Greens
'Farewell Address'
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
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The Australian community has comprehensively rejected the Abbott government’s cruel, conservative budget. But what happens next?

Greens Leader Christine Milne will outline the opportunities in the 2015 budget to set Australia on the path beyond neoliberal economics.

Senator Milne will also elaborate on what indicators the Australian Greens will be looking for to see whether Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey have accepted that simply returning with a slower, milder version of the same conservative ideological prescription is a recipe for failure.

Australian Greens Leader and Senator for Tasmania, Christine Milne, is one of Australia’s most experienced environmental and political figures, with a career spanning 30 years.

Senator Milne grew up on a dairy farm in Tasmania and was arrested and jailed during the campaign to save the Franklin River in 1983. Following her successful campaign to stop the native forest-based Wesley Vale pulp mill in the late 1980s, she was elected to the Parliament of Tasmania in 1989.

Senator Milne became the first woman to lead a Tasmanian political party in 1993. She led the Greens in the balance of power from 1996-98 and pioneered multi-party power sharing. Senator Milne championed a vision to transform the state into a “clean, green and clever” economy. This vision has since become main stream.

In her ten years in the Australian Senate, Senator Milne has further developed her national and international reputation and expertise in global warming policy and sustainable economies. Senator Milne’s unparalleled experience with power-sharing minority governments in Australia led to the establishment of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee and the negotiation of the Clean Energy Future package in 2011.

Senator Milne became leader of the Australian Greens in 2012.