The longest serving leader of any political party in Australia’s history has resigned from the Senate and, as such, from leader of the Greens. His term in the Senate will end in June. Bob Brown will be replaced as leader by the Party’s Deputy Christine Milne. A new Deputy will be chosen at 2pm today.
“I am sad to leave but happy to go. It is good knowing that the Greens have such a depth of talent and experience lined up for leadership – I could only dream about that a decade ago,” Senator Brown said in a statement.
“It is prime time to hand over the reins.
“I offer a huge ‘thank you’ to the 1.7 million Australian voters who elected our Green team, and to my 9 colleagues: they have made each Green year in this parliament better than the year before – though the best is yet to come. For example, our policies for fairly taxing the resources boom and carbon polluters, uniquely enable the Greens to fund a national disabilities insurance scheme, the Gonski education reforms, Denticare, renewable energy businesses, as well as progress on High Speed Rail linking our major cities.”
In a press conference at 12pm, Mr Brown said:
“I will be a Green until the day I die, if not for a long time after that!
“I’m 67. And I’m aware that one should always make room for renewal in politics. Our democracy is the healthier for the turnover.
“I remember being in this Parliament as the only Green a decade ago. Here we are now with 10.”
Anne Romney hasn’t ‘worked a day in her life’. That’s the claim from Democrat campaign strategist Hillary Rosen who launched the attack against Ms Romney whose husband Mitt is the likely Republican contender to take on Barack Obama for the role as President of the United States of America.
The Romney family is very wealthy, you see. Rosen was trying to say Ann had had it easy despite raising five kids and battling cancer and MS. First Lady Michelle Obama wasn’t having a bar of it and tweeted: “Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected – mo.”
Ms Rosen tried to clarify her remarks by saying Ms Romney didn’t have a clue about the financial struggles of most women as they tried to work and raise a family.
“This is not about Ann Romney,” Ms. Rosen said on CNN Thursday morning. “This is about the waitress at a diner someplace in Nevada who has two kids whose day-care funding is being cut off because of the Romney-Ryan budget and she doesn’t know what to do.”