13.2 C
Byron Shire
May 19, 2021

Di Natale elected Greens leader after Milne resigns

Latest News

Why the fuss?

Neil Buhrich, Suffolk Park Why do those responsible for containing the coronavirus become so concerned when they identify just one...

Other News

Brook-coin

Sapoty Brook, Wilsons Creek I am releasing my currency called Igits. Initially, Igits will be worth nothing, and from then...

Resilient communities training on offer

‘Resilience’ has become a buzzword in Australia over the past few years, as communities across the country struggle to cope with fire, floods, and a pandemic.

Proposed quarry expansion opposed by the farmers of Bentley

You would need to be a pretty tough customer to come up against the Bentley farmers, yet, that is exactly what Rob and Sarah McKenzie, the operators of the Bentley Quarry, what they say is a local, family-operated business, are doing.

Greens mayoral candidate apologises to deputy mayor over Fast Buck$ scandal

The Greens’ Byron Shire mayoral candidate says he’s drafting an apology to current deputy mayor and fellow party member Sarah Ndiaye, after publicly defending a Fast Buck$.

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Midnight Oil to help reignite Bluesfest’s fire

Just seven weeks after Byron Bluesfest was cancelled at the eleventh hour owing to a COVID scare, the event has bounced back with a new line-up featuring some of Australia’s most revered musical talent.

Shall we dance? Outgoing Greens leader Christine Milne and the new incumbent Richard di Natale.
Shall we dance? Outgoing Greens leader Christine Milne and the new incumbent Richard di Natale.

First term senator Richard Di Natale has replaced Christine Milne as the leader of the federal Greens, becoming the party’s third leader in three years.

Senator Milne quit the leadership in a surprise 10.30am announcement to party colleagues at Parliament House on Wednesday.

Her lower house deputy Adam Bandt was the casualty of a partyroom meeting concluding about 12.30pm, with senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters chosen to share his role.

Senator Di Natale, a GP and public health specialist, was elected to parliament in 2010 becoming the Greens first Victorian senator.

In his previous career the 44-year-old son of Italian immigrants worked on HIV prevention in India, Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory and Victoria’s health department as part of an outbreak investigation team.

He claims his achievements in parliament as securing almost $5 billion towards Medicare-funded dentistry and winning a campaign to divest $250 million worth of tobacco stocks from the Future Fund.

He has also led Senate inquiries into issues such as dying with dignity, hospital funding, budget cuts, medicinal cannabis and gambling reform.

Most recently he caused a stir by leading a one-man expedition to West Africa to get a first-hand look at the Ebola crisis.

Senator Milne will not contest the next election, likely in late 2016, and has said she may well quit before then.

‘It is with a mix of optimism, pride, excitement and sadness that I am resigning the leadership and leaving the Senate,’ she said in a statement.

Senator Milne was elected to the upper house in 2004 after a stint in the Tasmanian parliament.

She rose to leader of the federal party in 2012 following the resignation of Bob Brown.

‘The Greens have gone from strength to strength with solid election results and a growing, engaged party membership,’ Senator Milne said, adding she was leaving in place a strong, capable and visionary team.

The senator said she was looking forward to spending more time with her family including her new grandchild in ‘my beautiful home state of Tasmania’.

But Senator Milne won’t leave the political field entirely, promising to use her passion and experience to continue the fight for action on climate change.

Mr Brown said Senator Milne’s decision was a great surprise.

‘She’s a big loss for the Greens, there’s no doubt about that,’ he said.

Prime minister Tony Abbott paid tribute to the outgoing leader, acknowledging her distinguished record and commitment.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also made note of Senator Milne’s career.

‘I haven’t always agreed with every policy she’s had … but I can certainly respect the conviction and the passion with which she has advanced her issues,’ he said.

Mr Bandt said he was happy to hand over the deputy leadership to turn his focus to the new leading force in his life: a baby.

‘Congrats Richard & new team!’ he tweeted.

‘V happy to hand over Deputy to focus on new baby (due in few wks!) & winning further Reps seats in Vic & NSW.’


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Midnight Oil to help reignite Bluesfest’s fire

Just seven weeks after Byron Bluesfest was cancelled at the eleventh hour owing to a COVID scare, the event has bounced back with a new line-up featuring some of Australia’s most revered musical talent.

Brook-coin

Sapoty Brook, Wilsons Creek I am releasing my currency called Igits. Initially, Igits will be worth nothing, and from then on they will double in...

Cartoon of the week – 19 May, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning May 19

‘This Life’ is the first single off Jesse Morris and the Shakedown’s forthcoming and first ever vinyl release titled The Children of the Sun.