Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tazmanian Green Leader Steps Down

Peg Putt, the leader of the Tazmanian Greens is quitting Parliament after fifteen years, six of which were as party leader. Nick McKim, who is to replace her as leader, had this to say;

"Ms Putt’s political career is full of significant achievements, including being the longest serving female leader of a political party in Tasmania’s history, playing a key role in gun law reform, and the apology and compensation for the stolen generation, protection for threatened species in Tasmania, tabling the Bill which ended corporal punishment in Tasmania’s state schools, bringing about the Gilewicz Commission of Inquiry, establishing Tasmania as a GE-free state, and campaigning to save Tasmania’s high conservation value forests.

“Peg did a fantastic job of holding the ground for the Greens after the numbers in Tasmania’s Parliament were cut, and it is due to her strength and courage that the Greens are once again a recognised Party in Tasmania’s Parliament.”

The Tazmanian Greens have four seats out of twenty five with 16% of the total vote.

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