Christine Milne is a veteran politician, highly respected by all sides of politics. Elected to the Senate in 2004, she became Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens in 2008.
Christine was first elected to the Tasmanian Assembly in 1989 after building a reputation leading the community campaign against the Wesley Vale pulp mill. Part of the success of this campaign was in bringing together environmentalists, farmers and other concerned residents to work together – a strategy which Christine has continued to this day, working closely with the National Party and others in the Senate as well as broad constituencies outside parliament.
In 1993, Christine became the first female leader of a political party in Tasmania's history, and she led the Greens in balance of power with a minority Liberal Government from 1996-98.
Christine is a United Nations Global 500 laureate and from 2005-2008 was global Vice President of the IUCN, World Conservation Union.