Bob Brown resigns as Greens leader and Senator

Bob Brown resigns as Greens leader and Senator

Fri April 13, 2012 12:09pm

He was the first openly gay member of Federal Parliament, and the first openly gay leader of an Australian political party.

His political career has been marked by controversial episodes and a knack of flying in the face of protocol.

In October 2003, Senator Brown was suspended from the Parliament for interjecting during an address by the visiting US President George W. Bush.

Gillard tribute

Prime Minister Julia Gillard this afternoon thanked the Tasmanian for his contribution to state and federal politics.

"Bob's career has been driven by a passion for our environment, having famously led a protest against the construction of the Franklin Dam," she said.

"It was this passion that saw him lead his party through historic negotiations with the government and independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Andrew Wilkie, to ensure the passage of our Clean Energy Future Package.

"Bob has also been an active voice on the rights of same sex couples, having bravely used his own experiences to campaign for change."

Senator Milne - an avid gardener - also has a long history of fighting for environmental causes. She participated in the Franklin Dam blockade in 1983 and was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 1989.

When Senator Brown stood down from state politics in 1993, Senator Milne succeeded him as leader of the Tasmanian Greens.

Senator Milne then worked as an adviser to Senator Brown before being elected to the federal Senate in 2004.

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