Christine Milne

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Christine Milne
BA(Hons), CertEduc
Christine Milne profile.jpg
Leader of the Australian Greens
Assumed office
13 April 2012
Deputy Adam Bandt
Preceded by Bob Brown
Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
In office
10 November 2008 – 13 April 2012
Leader Bob Brown
Preceded by New position
Succeeded by Adam Bandt
Senator for Tasmania
Assumed office
1 July 2005
Leader of the Tasmanian Greens
In office
Preceded by Bob Brown
Succeeded by Peg Putt
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament for Lyons
In office
13 May 1989 – 29 August 1998
Preceded by Chris Batt
Personal details
Born (1953-05-14) 14 May 1953 (age 61)
Latrobe, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Greens (2000–present)
Other political
Tasmanian Greens (1989–1998)
Spouse(s) Neville Milne (m. 1975–1999)
Children Two sons[1]

Christine Anne Milne (born 14 May 1953, Latrobe, Tasmania)[2] is an Australian Senator and leader of the parliamentary caucus of the Australian Greens.[3]

From 1975 to 1984 Milne worked as a secondary school teacher, teaching English, History and Social Science. She first came to public attention for her role in opposing the building of the Wesley Vale pulp mill near Bass Strait in North Western Tasmania on the basis of its environmental impact. She also participated in the ultimately successful campaign opposing the Franklin Dam and was arrested and jailed in 1983.[4]

Political career[edit]

Milne was first elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 1989 as a member of the Tasmanian Greens in the electorate of Lyons,[2] one of five Green politicians elected at that election. She was part of the Labor–Green Accord, a political agreement between the Australian Labor Party and the Tasmanian Greens to form government after the 1989 general election had resulted in a hung parliament.[5] When Bob Brown stood down in 1993 to contest the federal election, she became leader of the Greens in the Tasmanian Parliament and the first female leader of a political party in Tasmania.[2]

Christine Milne speaking at the Peoples Climate March in Melbourne in September 2014

She oversaw a loose alliance between the Greens and Liberals after the 1996 general election. During that time, Tasmania saw significant economic and social reform. Measures included gun law reform, liberalisation of gay laws, an apology to the Indigenous stolen generation and support for an Australian republic.[6] In 1998, the major parties voted to restructure the House of Assembly from 35 to 25 seats, increasing the quota of votes required to be elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly. Liberal Premier Tony Rundle immediately called an election, which his party subsequently lost. Due to the changes, Milne lost her seat, leaving the Greens with one remaining seat.

After her career in state politics, she was an adviser to Senator Bob Brown from 2000 until she was elected to represent Tasmania in the Federal Senate at the 2004 federal election.[7] Preferences to Family First from the Australian Labor Party almost prevented her from being elected; however, she managed to reach a quota mostly as a result of the high level of below-the-line voting in Tasmania. The other Green elected at that election was Rachel Siewert from Western Australia.

Milne was Vice-President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, also known as the World Conservation Union) from 2005 to 2008.[8] She became Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens on 10 November 2008.[7]

In 2009, she debated the shortcomings of Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009 in the federal parliament.[9]

On 13 April 2012, Milne became the leader of the Australian Greens after the resignation of Bob Brown.[10]


  1. ^ Misha Schubert, Stephanie Peatling and Gary Tippet, Milne takes a soft sell approach , The Age, 15 April 2012
  2. ^ a b c Parliamentary Library profile, Parliament of Tasmania
  3. ^ "Bob Brown resigns as Greens leader and Senator". The Age. 13 April 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Senator Christine Milne". Q&A (ABC Television). Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  5. ^ Ward, Airlie (10 March 2006). "Minority Government". Stateline Tasmania (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  6. ^ [1], "ABC's Q&A"
  7. ^ a b Christine Milne, Senate Biography
  8. ^ Senator Christine Milne, National Press Club of Australia
  9. ^ Australian Senate Hansard Monday, 30 November 2009
  10. ^ As it happened: Bob Brown resigns as Greens leader – Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Retrieved 13 April 2012.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Bob Brown
Federal Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens
Preceded by
New office
Deputy Federal Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens
Succeeded by
Adam Bandt
Preceded by
Bob Brown
Leader of the Tasmanian Greens
Succeeded by
Peg Putt