Queensland Greens

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Queensland Greens
Convenor Penny Allman-Payne
Founded 1991
Headquarters Albion Peace Centre
102 McDonald Road
Ideology Green politics
International affiliation Global Greens
Asia-Pacific Green Network
Politics of Australia
Political parties

The Queensland Greens is a Green party in the Australian state of Queensland, and a member of the federation of the Australian Greens. The party was founded in November 1991[1] and made its electoral debut at the 1993 federal election. Larissa Waters is the party's environment and justice system spokesperson, was its lead Senate candidate at the 2007 federal election and again at the 2010 federal election, in which she became the first Greens candidate elected in Queensland.


The party have one representative in the aforementioned Larissa Waters from 1 July 2011, when she took up her post in the Australian Senate. As of the 2007 federal election, the Queensland Greens were the only state Greens party that had failed to achieve parliamentary representation. The party had been unable to win seats in the Queensland Parliament, which uniquely of Australian state parliaments is unicameral and has no allowance for proportional representation. The party achieved its first parliamentary representative on 5 October 2008 when Ronan Lee defected to the Greens from the Australian Labor Party, due to his belief that the Bligh government was not paying enough attention to environmental issues.[2] He lost his seat at the 2009 state election to the Liberal Nationals.

Queensland elections[edit]

State election results

The Queensland Greens enjoyed growing support in state elections, increasing their vote from 2.5 per cent at the 2001 election (when they contested 31 of the Parliament's 89 seats), to 6.76 per cent in 2004 (from 72 seats), to 7.99 per cent in 2006 (from 75 seats),[3] and to 8.37 per cent in 2009 (from 89 seats).[4] The 2012 election saw a fall of 0.85% in the primary vote to 7.52%.[5]

Federal elections[edit]

Federal election results

Qld Primary Vote (HOR)

The Queensland Greens' Senate vote at the 2007 federal election increased by 2.1 per cent to 7.5 per cent. It increased further to 12.77% at the 2010 federal election with Queensland Greens' Senator Larissa Waters elected.

Candidates from the Queensland Greens have not been elected to the Lower House of federal parliament.

Queensland Young Greens (QYG)[edit]

Queensland Young Greens (QYG)
Headquarters Brisbane, Australia
Mother Party Australian Greens[11]
Convenors Jake Schoermer & Tyrone D'Lisle
Ideology Green Politics, Activism

The Queensland Young Greens are the youth wing of the Queensland Greens and is open to all members under the age of 30 across the state of Queensland.[12]

The Queensland Young Greens provide a forum for young people to express their opinions on political issues and contribute towards the shaping of party policies. The youth wing was established in order to draw new ideas from the youth community and provide an avenue for Queenslander's under the age of 30 to influence the political landscape within Queensland.[13][14]

The Youth Wing's main focus is on election campaigning; skills training; policy development and hosting a number of different social events.[11]

QYG Goals[edit]

The goals of the Queensland Young Greens are as follows:[14]

  • To engage with young people across Queensland, who come from a variety of different backgrounds, and gain insight into their thoughts, ideas and feelings in relation to current political issues;
  • To provide an avenue for Young Greens members to influence and shape Greens policies;
  • To encourage all young members of society to engage with politics;
  • To assist and provide opportunities for Young Greens to develop their skills within the political arena.

QYG Organisational Structure[edit]

At present the youth wing is run by a steering committee which engages with members under the age of 30 from the various Queensland Greens branches throughout the state, as well as the branches established at universities across Queensland. The youth wing maintains a grassroots[15] approach in organising members. The youth wing also shares the same policies as the Queensland Greens[16] based around the four guiding principles of non-violence, social justice, grass-roots democracy and ecological sustainability.[17]


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