Rattenbury pays tribute to outgoing Greens leader

ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, has paid tribute to outgoing Federal Greens Leader, Christine Milne, following her address to the Press Club today.

 “Senator Milne is one of the sharpest minds in federal politics, with great intellect and personal integrity,” said Mr Rattenbury.

 “She has led the party through periods of growth and consolidation that has strengthened the Greens nationally.

“At the last federal election we retained all MPs and gained an additional member and we have seen a number of successful state campaigns result in a record numbers of MPs.

 “With 3 years as leader, 10 years as a senator, and 25 years in politics, Senator Milne has made a significant contribution not only to the Australian Greens, but to Australian politics and environmental campaigns over her extensive career.

 “Of particular note, her work on the clean energy package including the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the biodiversity fund, and gun law reform and gay law reform in Tasmania are examples of her vision for a better Australia and healthier planet.

 “I welcome the appointment of Richard Di Natale to our national leadership. Senator Di Natale has a diverse range of experience that will position him well to take us into the future.

 “His particular focus on social justice and health reform will be a key element in the 2016 campaign. As Senator Di Natale said yesterday, “the Greens are the natural home for progressive, mainstream voters”.

 “With Senator Waters and Senator Ludlam as co-deputy leaders, this will be a dynamic team that will bring forward policies and ideas that Australia needs in the 21st century.

 “The Greens are a party of vision and I am excited about this new phase as we head into 2016 with both Federal and ACT elections.  I would like to thank Senator Milne for her outstanding contribution to Australian politics and wish her all the best for the future,” concluded Mr Rattenbury.