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]

The United Tasmania Group launched The UTG Journal in 2018.[5] The journal is designed to cover a wide range of topics, including the development of conservation and other issues since that original founding date in April, 1972, and will come out on at least a quarterly basis.


  • United Tasmania Group (1970), Newsletter, United Tasmania Group, retrieved 4 April 2016 
  • United Tasmania Group (1976), State newsletter, United Tasmania Group, retrieved 4 April 2016 
  • United Tasmania Group (1977), Alternative : journal of the Group, United Tasmania Group, retrieved 4 April 2016 
  • United Tasmania Group (issuing body.) (2018), The UTG journal, [Sandy Bay, Tasmania] United Tasmania Group, ISSN 2208-9497 

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. 
  5. ^ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322220374_The_UTG_Journal The UTG Journal

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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