United Tasmania Group

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United Tasmania Group
Founded 23 March 1972
Ideology Green politics
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The United Tasmania Group (UTG) is generally acknowledged as the world's first Green party to contest elections.[1] The party was formed on 23 March 1972, during a meeting of the Lake Pedder Action Committee (LPAC) at the Hobart town hall in order to field political candidates in the April 1972 state election.[2]

They received 3.9% of the statewide vote and came within 200 votes of winning a seat.[3] They also contested the 1976 election, this time receiving 2.2% of the votes.

The United Tasmania Group's first President was Dr Richard Jones and it lasted for five years, briefly reforming in 1990 for the federal election. A few of the 1970s candidates, including Bob Brown, went on to form the Tasmanian Greens (who enjoyed considerably more success) and then ultimately, at the national level, the Australian Greens.

In April 2016 following a meeting, former members of the party were planning to re-start the group.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Timms, Peter (2009). In Search of Hobart. UNSW Press. p. 161. 
  2. ^ Walker, PF (1987), The United Tasmania Group, retrieved 4 April 2016 
  3. ^ Brown, B. (1987) 'Greening the conservation movement'. In Hutton, D. (ed) Green politics in Australia. Australia: Angus & Robertson Publishers. ISBN 0-207-15624-7
  4. ^ Bolger, Rosemary. "United Tasmania Group to reform over disquiet with current Greens party". ABC News. Retrieved 4 April 2016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Armstrong, Lance J.E. (1997). Good God, He’s Green! A History of Tasmanian Politics 1989-1996. Wahroonga, N.S.W., Pacific Law Press. ISBN 1-875192-08-5
  • Lines, William J. (2006) Patriots : defending Australia's natural heritage St. Lucia, Qld. : University of Queensland Press, 2006. ISBN 0-7022-3554-7

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