Yes, I’m in the Greens and proudly so. This is our 40th year as a party in Australia and Australia holds claim to being the country of origin of one of the two oldest Greens parties in the world, along with AoTeaRoa-NZ.
The Global Greens has over 92 national parties as registered members, all adhering to the Greens Charter which explains our four ‘pillars’ – Peace, Social Justice, Ecology and Participatory Democracy. This is just one of many why the Australian Greens party is unlikely to suffer a major disruption after the resignation of Bob Brown.
This year, I’ve attended the Global Greens Congress in Dakar, Senegal. You can read more about the Global Greens here – you may as well; we’re on the rise!
The Greens are very strong amongst African nations and we have 29 parties registered as full members of the African Greens Federation and members include an ex Prime Minister in Niger; a Chief Minister in Burkina Faso, a number of MPs, including in Madagascar and a newly elected MP in the Democractic Republic of Congo and in Senegal, Haider El Ali, the newly appointed Environment Minister.
One day, a decade or so hence, I believe we will be in government in many nations, not only in Europe, but around the world.
Earlier this year, I ran for preselection for the lead position on the Australian Greens Victoria Senate ticket. This preselection was decided by secret ballot, open to each member of the Victorian Greens. It was won by Janet Rice. I came in third, after Brian Walters SC, in a field of 12. I’m pleased to say that it was a wonderful experience, it affirmed my faith in the Greens and our processes and people and I believe it was a stellar field – but yes, I’m biased!
You can read my 2012 Senate preselection pages here.
I’m an active member of my local branch, the Darebin Greens – the best Greens branch in Vic! You can check out our branch website here.