Senator for Tasmania
Christine Milne was elected to the Senate as a member of the Australian Greens in 2004 and commenced her term on 1 July 2005. Originally a secondary school teacher, she entered federal parliament as an experienced politician and environmental campaigner. Active during the Franklin River protests, Milne rose to public prominence through her leadership of a successful campaign against a proposal to build a pulp mill at Wesley Vale. She subsequently won a seat as a Tasmanian Greens member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly, where she served from 1989 to 1998, including a four-year period as the first female leader of a Tasmanian political party.
Milne used her first speech to the Senate to link Tasmania's struggles over environment protection with similar international movements, noting that 'to stand up for one special place is to begin the process of standing up for them all' and advocating for 'global democracy, cooperation and multilateralism'. In subsequent years Milne spoke regularly on climate change, carbon pricing, renewable energy, uranium mining, nuclear energy and weapons, and asylum seeker policy. During the 43rd Parliament, she led her party's negotiations with the Labor Party to implement a price on carbon pollution and associated renewable energy initiatives.
Milne served as the Australian Greens Deputy Leader from 2008 until she was elected Leader in 2012, a position she held until 2015.