Richard Di Natale elected new Greens leader

Richard Di Natale elected new Greens leader

Senator Richard Di Natale has been elected the new leader of the Australian Greens, following the resignation of Christine Milne earlier today.

Senator Di Natale was elected by the party room unopposed, while Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were elected unopposed as co-deputy leaders.

The new leader wasted no time in outlining his position as leader.

“I’m not an ideologue, I’m not going to say we want small or big government, you’re not going to get that from me,” he said.

“We want decent government that looks after people. They’re the choices that we have to make. I don’t have a dogmatic view about whether we should do one thing or another and my view is pretty straightforward.”

Senator Di Natale has also praised his outgoing leader for her guidance in past.

“She came to this job following on from Bob Brown, who was as we all know a colossus in the history of the Green movement, and Christine has more than filled those shoes,” he said.

The Greens co-conveners have welcomed the news today, also thanking Senator Milne for her commitment to the party.

“We commend Senator Milne for her excellent leadership and thank her for the energy, passion and commitment she has given to our party and Australian politics,” said Australian Greens Co-convenors Giz Watson and Penny Allman-Payne.

“Senator Milne has led the Australian Greens to increased electoral success in all the recent elections in Victoria, Queensland and NSW as well as the WA senate by-election. As she leaves the Parliamentary leadership the party is in great shape: our membership is growing, our national organisation has been revitalised and our polling remains strong.”

“We are also very pleased to welcome Richard Di Natale as our new Parliamentary leader and Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters as deputies,” they said.

“We thank Senator Di Natale for his willingness to take on this demanding role.”

PARTY ROOM PROCESS COMES UNDER FIRE

Despite what the Greens are describing as a “mature transition,” the party room process has come under the spotlight.

Lower House MP Adam Bandt lost his position as deputy leader in the ballot and both Senator Milne and Senator Di Natale refused to comment on the party room process following the ballot.

The move has led to speculation some MP’s may have been tipped off about Senator Milne’s resignation, but Senator Di Natale has slammed those suggestions.

“I suspect, look, someone may have been disappointed with the outcome. Surprise, surprise, that’s politics, right,” he said.

“Someone may have been disappointed with the outcome. We did exactly what we did last time and there wasn’t a skerrick of concern about it last time.”

The speculation has also been quashed by Mr Bandt who has taken to Twitter to explain that he is handing over the position to focus on a new baby and winning further lower house seats.

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