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Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens and a Senator for Tasmania, is this year marking 25 years in politics.
Christine 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.
Christine became the first woman to lead a Tasmanian political party in 1993 and led the Tasmanian Greens as they held the balance of power from 1996-98. She pioneered the idea of multi-party power sharing politics in Australia and is committed to developing ethically-driven leadership.
Christine entered federal politics in 2004 and became leader of the Australian Greens in 2012, again holding the balance of power, this time in the Senate.
Christine’s deep policy knowledge about climate change and her unparalleled experience with power-sharing minority governments secured an agreement to introduce an emissions trading scheme in Australia subsequent to the establishment of the Multi-Party Climate Change Committee. As lead negotiator for the Greens on climate policy, Christine achieved through that committee not only the emissions trading scheme, but the biodiversity fund, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and $10 billion for the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
Christine intends to continue standing up to the conservative Abbott government, fighting for a clean economy, to protect the natural environment, caring for refugees and to be a voice for a more equal community.