Richard Di Natale has resigned as leader of the Australian Greens, on the eve of federal parliament returning for the political year.
Making the surprise announcement on Monday morning, Senator Di Natale cited family reasons as being behind his decision to step down.
“My boys are nine and 11-years-old now, and they’ve only ever known their dad as a busy and tired and sometimes grumpy politician,” Di Natale said in a video announcing his resignation to Twitter.
“They’re growing up quickly, and I want to spend more time by their side than a relentless political schedule allows.”
This morning I took the incredibly difficult decision to step down as Parliamentary Leader of the @Greens. It’s not something easily put into words because representing this incredible movement has been one of the biggest honours of my life. Farewell and thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/WAOHl7neW0
— Richard Di Natale (@RichardDiNatale) February 3, 2020
“It’s not something that’s easily put into words, because representing this incredible movement has been one of the biggest honours of my life,” Senator Di Natale, who has been the Greens leader for nearly five years, added.