ACT Greens

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The ACT Greens
Convenor Josh Wyndham-Kidd
Founded 1992
Headquarters 85 Northbourne Avenue, TURNER ACT 2612
Ideology green politics
International affiliation Global Greens
Asia-Pacific Green Network

The ACT Greens is a green political party located in the Australian Capital Territory, and a member of the federation of the Australian Greens.

As of the 2008 election, the ACT Greens hold the balance of power in the 17-member Legislative Assembly, with four members, to Labor's seven and the Liberals with six.[1][2][3] After almost two weeks of deliberations with both the Labor and Liberal parties, the Greens chose to support a Labor minority government.[4][5][6]

The Greens and the ALP signed a 'Parliamentary Agreement' to formalize the arrangement. Under the agreement, the Greens secured a range of policy outcomes in the areas of schools and education, health service provision, housing, public transport and gay rights. It also ensures that the Greens will Chair three of the Assembly's key committees. In exchange, the Greens agreed to maintain confidence in Chief Minister Jon Stanhope.[7] The Greens also secured Government support for the nomination of Shane Rattenbury as Speaker of the Assembly.[8]

The Greens have required the Government to report on progress against the measures outlined in the agreement on an annual basis. The first joint communiqué on the progress of the agreement was issued in July 2008.[9] The next communiqué will be issued in July 2010.

The ACT Greens elect a 'convenor' rather than a 'leader'.[10] Meredith Hunter was appointed Parliamentary Convenor of the ACT Greens.[11]

Following the 2012 ACT election, Shane Rattenbury was the only ACT Greens MLA to retain his seat in the Legislative Assembly.[12]

Election results[edit]

ACT Legislative Assembly
2001 9.1%[13]
2004 9.3%[14]
2008 15.6%[15]
2012 10.8% [16]
Federal House of Representatives Senate
2001 7.1%[17] 7.22%
2004 10.8%[18] 16.36%
2007 13.2%[19] 21.47%
2010 19.2%[20] 22.92%
2013 13.4% [21] 19.27%

Candidates from the ACT Greens have not been elected to either the Senate or the Lower House of federal parliament.

Current Legislative Assembly member[edit]

Previous Legislative Assembly members[edit]

Kerrie Tucker and Lucy Horodny


  1. ^ "ACT 2008 - ABC elections". 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  2. ^ Williams, George (2008-10-25). "Case for a new umpire: Canberra Times 25/10/2008". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Greens take extra seat in ACT election: ABC News 25/10/2008". Archived from the original on 2 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Labor to form minority government in ACT: The Age 31/10/2008". 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  5. ^ Stockman, David (2008-11-01). "Greens' nod sees Stanhope keep job: Canberra Times 1/11/2008". Retrieved 2011-02-01. [dead link]
  6. ^ Labor-Greens parliamentary agreement PDF Archived February 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Parliamentary Agreement for the Seventh Legislative Assembly for the ACT (2008) Archived February 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ ABC News (2008) Rattenbury Elected Assembly Speaker. November 5th, 2009
  9. ^ ACT Government Joint Communiqué on the ACT Parliamentary Agreement (2008) Archived October 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ AAP (2008-10-27). "Greens' Hunter to have 'leadership role': Canberra Times 27/10/2008". Archived from the original on October 23, 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  11. ^ ACT Greens (2009) Meredith Hunter. Accessed September 26th, 2009 Archived October 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Bourke dumped for Rattenbury". ABC News. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
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