Christine Milne plays down staff resignations

Christine Milne plays down staff resignations

Greens Leader Christine Milne has denied her leadership is in doubt, after six of her senior staff have resigned.

Senator Milne’s Chief of Staff, Ben Oquist is among those to quit, releasing a statement saying his decision was based on fundamental differences of opinion of strategy.

The other staff are believed to include a climate change advisor, economics advisor, and campaign coordinator.

The resignations follow the Greens mandatory leadership ballot this week, which saw Senator Milne and Deputy leader Adam Bandt re-elected unopposed.

Senator Milne has played down the statement from Mr Oquist, and denies the resignations are a vote of no-confidence in her leadership.

She  says as a result of the leadership ballot every staff member loses their job, and is then offered a generous redundancy if they wish to leave.

She says some of the staff had already informed her before the election that they wished to resign, and says it very common for staff to resign following an election.

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