Greens party elect new leader following Richard Di Natale resignation

Adam Bandt elected Greens leader after Richard Di Natale quits

Melbourne Greens MP Adam Bandt has been elected leader of the party after Richard Di Natale’s shock resignation yesterday.

Adam Bandt, the Greens’ only lower house MP, has been elected leader of the party after Richard Di Natale’s shock resignation yesterday.

Senator Larissa Waters has been appointed Senate leader and co-deputy, while Nick McKim was voted as deputy Senate leader and co-deputy, after the 10-member Greens party room met to elect a new leadership team this morning.

Senator McKim emerged as a surprise third candidate for the co-deputy leader position, beating out Sarah Hanson-Young and Mehreen Faruqi after distribution of preferences in a second ballot, following a tie in the first.

It comes after the outgoing leader called for donations reform and a more diverse parliament ahead as his colleagues prepared to appoint his successor.

On Monday he announced he would quit politics to spend more time with his family. Following his announcement, Senator Di Natale said parliament must focus on attracting people who bring “a different set of values”.

“You only need to look around to know this place is stacked with career politicians, that it’s very unrepresentative of the Australian community,” he told reporters in Canberra.

“We’re supposed to be a representative democracy but this place doesn’t represent the Australian people.”

The former general practitioner and public health specialist will leave the parliament once his replacement has been appointed, which he expected will happen mid-year.

He also called for reform around political donations after Australian Electoral Commission figures revealed mining billionaire Clive Palmer’s political party splashed more than $89 million on a failed bid to return to federal parliament.

“That’s not a democracy, that’s actually somebody buying influence,” he said. “That’s one of the biggest problems we face in our politics, we’ve got to clean it up.”

Adam Bandt was first elected in 2010. Picture Gary Ramage Source:News Corp Australia


• Born in Adelaide, married with two daughters

• Lived in Whyalla, Perth, Fremantle and Melbourne

• Student unionist and member of the ALP from 1987-89

• Graduated arts-law from WA’s Murdoch University in 1996

• Industrial law solicitor and partner with Slater and Gordon

• Joined the Greens in 2004

• First tilt at federal seat of Melbourne in 2007 failed

• Completed PhD thesis at Monash University in 2008, “Work to Rule: Rethinking Marx, Pashukanis and Law”

• National convener of Australian Greens, 2009

• First elected to federal seat of Melbourne in 2010 and re-elected in 2013, 2016 and 2019

• First Greens member elected to the House of Representatives at a general election

• Key policy interests are environment, human rights, refugees, economic inequality

• Deputy leader of the Australian Greens April 2012 to May 2015

• Co-deputy leader since June 2019

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