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The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, is a Green Australian political party. Robert James Brown (born December 27, 1944) is an Australian Senator the inaugural Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens and the Year 1992 ( MCMXCII) was a Leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar) Green politics is a Political ideology which places a high importance on ecological and environmental goals and on achieving these goals through broad-based Social progressivism is the view that social Mores, Human nature, and Morality are capable of progress through history in a manner similar to that of scientific A Green party' or ecologist party is a formally organized Political party based on the principles of Green politics. Political parties in Australia lists political parties in Australia.
The party has its eastern Australian origins in the Franklin River Dams campaign in Tasmania in the 1980s, and in Western Australia arising from concerns about nuclear disarmament. The Franklin Dam or Gordon-below-Franklin Dam project was a proposed dam on the Gordon River in Tasmania, Australia that was never Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name It is located south of the eastern side of the Continent, being separated from it by Bass Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Its political platform now extends beyond environmental concerns to issues of the peace movement, grassroots democracy and social justice. Environmentalism is a broad philosophy and Social movement centered on a concern for the conservation and improvement of the environment. A peace movement is a Social movement that seeks to achieve ideals such as the ending of a particular war (or all wars minimize inter-human violence in a particular place or Grassroots democracy is a tendency towards designing political processes where as much decision-making authority as practical is shifted to the organization's lowest geographic Social justice, sometimes called civil justice, refers to the concept of a Society in which Justice is achieved in every aspect of society rather than
The party's history can be traced back to the formation of the United Tasmania Group (UTG) (the first established 'Green' party in the world), which first ran candidates in the 1972 election. The United Tasmania Group (UTG is generally acknowledged as the world's first Green Party. Many people involved in that group went on to form the Tasmanian Greens. The Tasmanian Greens are a political party in Australia who developed from numerous environmental campaigns in Tasmania, including the flooding of Lake Pedder Tasmanian Greens senator Bob Brown and sitting WA Greens senator Dee Margetts formed the first Australian Greens senators following the 1996 federal election. Robert James Brown (born December 27, 1944) is an Australian Senator the inaugural Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens and the The Greens Western Australia is the state branch of the Australian Greens in Western Australia. Diane (Dee Elizabeth Margetts (b March 1955 is an Australian politician House of Reps preference flows The Democrats contested 138 electorates with preferences slightly favouring Labor (54 The party's parliamentary leader became Bob Brown, with the eight state and territory Greens parties becoming a national confederation. Robert James Brown (born December 27, 1944) is an Australian Senator the inaugural Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens and the 
In the 2007 federal election the Greens received over 1 million votes in the Senate for the first time with a national swing of 1. Federal elections for the Parliament of Australia were held on Saturday 24 November 2007 after a 6-week campaign in which 13 A senate is a Deliberative body, often the Upper house or chamber of a Legislature or Parliament. 38 to 9. 04 percent, and a net gain of one senator to a total of five. Sarah Hanson-Young (SA) and Scott Ludlam (WA) were elected while Senator Kerry Nettle (NSW) lost her seat. Sarah Coral Hanson-Young (born 23 December 1981) is an Australian politician Scott Ludlam (born 10 January 1970) is an Australian politician Kerry Michelle Nettle (born 24 December 1973) is a former Australian Senator and member of the Australian Greens in New South
The Australian Greens, like all Australian political parties, are federally organised with separately registered state parties signing up to a national constitution, yet still retaining considerable policy-making and organisational autonomy from the centre. Political federalism is a Political philosophy in which a group of members are bound together (Latin foedus, covenant) with a governing  The national decision-making body of the Australian Greens is the National Council, consisting of delegates from each member body (a state or territory Greens party). The National Council arrives at decisions by consensus. There is no formal executive of the national party. However, there is an Australian Greens Coordinating Group (AGCG) comprised of national office bearers including the National Convenor, Secretary, Treasurer, and delegates from each State and Territory. There is also a Public Officer, a Party Agent and a Registered Officer.
The following portfolio responsibilities are divided between the four Greens Senators:
This structure has replaced the previous system, under which specific spokespersons were appointed by the National Council. Robert James Brown (born December 27, 1944) is an Australian Senator the inaugural Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens and the Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name It is located south of the eastern side of the Continent, being separated from it by Bass Senator Rachel Siewert is an Australian Politician from the Australian Greens. Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Whip is a role in party-based politics whose primary purpose is to ensure control of the formal decision-making process in a parliamentary legislature Kerry Michelle Nettle (born 24 December 1973) is a former Australian Senator and member of the Australian Greens in New South Christine Anne Milne is an Australian Senator from the Australian Greens. Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name It is located south of the eastern side of the Continent, being separated from it by Bass
A variety of working groups have been established by the National Council and these are directly accessible to all Greens members. Working groups perform an advisory function by developing policy, reviewing or developing the party structure, or by performing other tasks assigned by the National Council.
All policies originating from this structure are subject to ratification by the members of the Australian Greens. 
On Saturday 12 November 2005 at the national conference in Hobart the Australian Greens abandoned their long-standing tradition of having no official leader and approved a process whereby a parliamentary leader could be elected by the Greens Parliamentary Party Room. Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania. On Monday 28 November 2005, Bob Brown - who had long been regarded as de facto leader by many inside the party, and most people outside the party - was elected unopposed as the Parliamentary Party Leader. 
The Australian Greens are part of the global "Green politics" movement. Green politics is a Political ideology which places a high importance on ecological and environmental goals and on achieving these goals through broad-based Former Tasmanian Greens member of the House of Assembly Lance Armstrong summed this position up as, ". The Tasmanian Greens are a political party in Australia who developed from numerous environmental campaigns in Tasmania, including the flooding of Lake Pedder The House of Assembly, or lower house is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of Tasmania in Australia . . neither left nor right but forward. "
The Charter of the Australian Greens identifies the following as being the four key pillars underlining the party's policy:
In pursuit of these principles the Greens have adopted (often controversial) positions on issues such as:
Despite the party's left-wing reputation, some of their better performances (as measured by percentage of primary votes) have been in seats that are traditionally Liberal such as Kooyong, Curtin, Wentworth, Higgins and Bennelong, as well as Labor seats such as, Adelaide, Brisbane, Grayndler, Melbourne Ports, Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne which went maverick in 2007, the first time a division has done so for the Greens in a general election (Michael Organ won Cunningham for the Greens at a 2002 by-election, reverting to Labor in 2004). Social justice, sometimes called civil justice, refers to the concept of a Society in which Justice is achieved in every aspect of society rather than Sustainability, in a general sense is the capacity to maintain a certain process or state indefinitely Grassroots democracy is a tendency towards designing political processes where as much decision-making authority as practical is shifted to the organization's lowest geographic Nonviolence is a philosophy and strategy for social change that rejects the use of physical Violence. The Iraq War, also known as the Second Gulf War, the Occupation of Iraq, or the War in Iraq, is an ongoing Military campaign Uranium mining is the process of extraction of Uranium Ore from the ground Nuclear power is any Nuclear technology designed to extract usable Energy from atomic nuclei via controlled Nuclear reactions Renewable energy is Energy generated from Natural resources mdashsuch as Sunlight, Wind, Rain, tides and geothermal According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race The MV Tampa is a Norwegian Cargo ship. In August 2001 under Captain Arne Rinnan, a diplomatic dispute brewed between Australia SIEV-X stands for Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel X (the X means “unknown” Australian federal election 2001 The Children Overboard affair was an Australian Political controversy involving public allegations by Howard government East Timor, also known as Timor-Leste (officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste) is a country in Southeast Asia. Definitions of Tibet See also Definitions of Tibet Name In English The English word Tibet, like the word for Tibet in most European China ( Wade-Giles ( Mandarin) Chung¹kuo² is a cultural region, an ancient Civilization, and depending on perspective a National Burma, officially the Union of Myanmar ( pjìdàunzṵ mjàmmà nàinŋàndɔ̀ is the largest country by geographical area in mainland Southeast Asia. Euthanasia (literally "good death" in Ancient Greek) refers to the practice of ending a life in a painless manner Corporate tax refers to a Tax levied by various jurisdictions on the Profits made by companies or associations. Same-sex marriage (also referred to as gay marriage) is a term for a legally or Socially recognized Marriage between two people of the same The GST (Goods and Services Tax is a Value added tax of 10% on most goods and services transactions in Australia. Cannabis ( Cán-na-bis) is a Genus of Flowering plants that includes three putative species Cannabis sativa subsp The Division of Kooyong is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The Division of Curtin is an Australian Electoral Division in Western Australia. The Federal Division of Wentworth is a foundation division of the Australian Parliament, created at the Federation of the Australian Colonies as the Commonwealth The Division of Higgins is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. The Division of Bennelong is an Australian electorate in New South Wales. The Division of Adelaide is an Australian Electoral Division in South Australia. The Division of Brisbane is an Australian Electoral Division in Queensland. The Division of Grayndler is an Australian Electoral Division in inner Metropolitan Sydney, New South Wales. The Division of Melbourne Ports is an Australian federal electoral division in the inner south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia The Division of Perth is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Western Australia. The Division of Sydney is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of New South Wales. The Division of Melbourne is an Australian Electoral Division of Victoria Michael Keith Organ (born 22 September 1956) is an Australian politician There is also a Queensland State Electoral Division of Cunningham The Division of Cunningham is an Australian Electoral Division The 2002 Cunningham by-election was held in the Australian electorate of Cunningham in New South Wales on 19 October 2002. In contrast to this, many lower income safe Labor seats in deprived areas usually poll very small primary votes for the Greens. From 1997-2003 in Western Australia, the majority of Greens WA seats were held in rural and remote seats (Mining, Pastoral, South-West).
The Greens have differentiated themselves from the major parties in a number of high-profile policy positions. By taking a strong public stand on issues such international politics and the treatment of asylum seekers, for example, they claim to have shaken off their reputation as a single issue party concerned solely with environment: ecology embraces the human as well as the natural, and so human rights, fair processes and peace are integral to Green practice. Single-issue politics involves political campaigning or political support based on one essential Policy area or idea
The Green movement in eastern Australia emerged out of environmental campaigns in the state of Tasmania. Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name It is located south of the eastern side of the Continent, being separated from it by Bass The precursor to the Tasmanian Greens (the earliest existent member of the federation of parties that is the Australian Greens), the United Tasmania Group, was founded in 1972 to oppose the construction of new dams to flood Lake Pedder. The United Tasmania Group (UTG is generally acknowledged as the world's first Green Party. Lake Pedder was a former natural Lake, located in the southwest of Tasmania, Australia, and is now the name used to refer to the much larger The campaign failed to prevent the flooding of Lake Pedder and the party failed to gain political representation. One of the party’s candidates was Bob Brown, then a doctor in Launceston. Launceston ( (short first vowel /ˈlɔːnsəstən/ is often incorrectly heard in other parts of Australia is a city in the north of the state of Tasmania, Australia 
In the late 1970s and 1980s, a public campaign to prevent the construction of the Franklin Dam in Tasmania saw environmentalist and activist Norm Sanders elected to the Tasmanian Parliament as an Australian Democrat. The Franklin Dam or Gordon-below-Franklin Dam project was a proposed dam on the Gordon River in Tasmania, Australia that was never Norman Karl Sanders (born 15 October 1932) is an Australian former politician representing the Australian Democrats in the Tasmanian The Parliament of Tasmania consists of the Tasmanian Legislative Council, Tasmanian House of Assembly and the Monarch represented by the Governor of Tasmania The Australian Democrats is an Australian Political party espousing a centrist or Social liberal ideology Brown, then director of the Wilderness Society, contested the election as an independent, but failed to win a seat. The Wilderness Society (TWS is an Australian Not-for-profit non-governmental environmental advocacy whose mission is protecting promoting and restoring Wilderness 
In 1982 Norm Sanders resigned from Parliament, and Brown was elected to replace him on a countback
During her 1984 visit to Australia, West German Greens parliamentarian Petra Kelly urged that the various Greens groups in Australia develop a national identity. The Alliance '90/The Greens ( Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) the German Green party, is a Political party in Germany whose regional Petra Karin Kelly ( November 29, 1947 &ndash October 1, 1992) a politician was instrumental in founding the German Green Party, Partly as a result of this, fifty Greens activists gathered in Tasmania in December to organise a national conference. Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name It is located south of the eastern side of the Continent, being separated from it by Bass 
The Green movement gained their first federal parliamentary representative when Senator Josephine Vallentine of Western Australia, who had been elected in 1984 for the Nuclear Disarmament Party and later sat as an independent, was part of the formation of and joined Greens (WA), a party formed within the state boundaries of Western Australia, and not affiliated to the Australian Greens at that time. Josephine Vallentine (b May 30, 1946) is a peace activist and a former Australian Senator for Western Australia. Western Australia is a state occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent. Year 1984 ( MCMLXXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar) The Nuclear Disarmament Party ( NDP) is a political party in Australia.
In 1992, representatives from around the nation gathered in North Sydney and agreed to form the Australian Greens, although the state Greens parties, particularly in Western Australia, retained their separate identities for a period. Brown resigned from the Tasmanian Parliament in 1993, and in 1996 he was elected as a Senator for Tasmania, the first elected as an Australian Greens candidate. The Senate is the upper of the two houses of the Parliament of Australia. 
Initially the most successful Greens group during this period was Greens (WA), at that time still a separate organisation from the Australian Greens. Vallentine was succeeded by Christabel Chamarette in 1992, and she was joined by Dee Margetts in 1993. Christabel Marguerite Alain Chamarette (born May 1, 1948) was a Greens Western Australia Senator for Western Australia from 1992 Diane (Dee Elizabeth Margetts (b March 1955 is an Australian politician But Chamarette was defeated in 1996 and Margetts also lost her seat in the 1998 federal election, leaving Brown as the sole Australian Greens Senator.
In the 2001 federal election (the "Tampa election"), Brown was re-elected as a Senator for Tasmania, and the election of a second Greens Senator, Kerry Nettle of New South Wales. Federal elections were held in Australia on 10 November, 2001. The MV Tampa is a Norwegian Cargo ship. In August 2001 under Captain Arne Rinnan, a diplomatic dispute brewed between Australia The Senate is the upper of the two houses of the Parliament of Australia. Kerry Michelle Nettle (born 24 December 1973) is a former Australian Senator and member of the Australian Greens in New South Brown took a strong stand against the government's policy on asylum seekers, leading to a rise in support for the Greens from disaffected Labor voters. This played an important role in defining the Greens as more than just a single-issue environmental party. In 2002 the Greens won a House of Representatives seat for the first time when Michael Organ won the Cunningham by-election. The House of Representatives is one of the two houses (chambers of the Parliament of Australia; it is the Lower house, the Upper house being the Senate Michael Keith Organ (born 22 September 1956) is an Australian politician There is also a Queensland State Electoral Division of Cunningham The Division of Cunningham is an Australian Electoral Division
In the 2004 federal election, the Greens' primary vote rose by 2. Federal elections were held in Australia on 9 October, 2004. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 seats in the 76-member 3%, to 7. 2%. This won them two additional Senate seats (taking the total to four), but the success of the Howard Government in winning a majority in the Senate meant that the Greens' influence on legislation decreased. Michael Organ was defeated by Labor in Cunningham. Michael Keith Organ (born 22 September 1956) is an Australian politician
Additionally, in the 2004 election there was an intense media campaign from the socially conservative Family First Party, including a television advertisement labelling the Greens the "Extreme Greens". The Family First Party is a socially conservative minor Political party in Australia. Competitive preferencing strategies prompted by the nature of Senate balloting (see Australian electoral system) saw the Australian Labor Party and the Democrats rank Family First higher than the Greens on their Senate tickets, resulting in the Greens losing preferences they would normally have received from the two parties. This article deals with elections to the Australian Parliament. Consequently, although outpolling Family First by a ratio of more than four to one first-preference votes, Victorian Family First candidate Steve Fielding was elected on preferences over the Australian Greens' David Risstrom, an unintended consequence of these strategies. Steven Fielding (born 17 October 1960) is a Victorian Senator and the Federal parliamentary leader of the Family First Party David Risstrom is a Melbourne barrister a former Melbourne City Councillor, and a former Australian Greens candidate for the Australian Senate Unintended consequences are outcomes that are not (or not limited to what the actor intended in a particular situation  In Tasmania, Christine Milne only narrowly gained her Senate seat before a Family First candidate, despite nearly obtaining the full required quota of primary votes. Christine Anne Milne is an Australian Senator from the Australian Greens. It was only the high incidence of "below the line" voting in Tasmania that negated the effect of the preference swap deal between Labor and Family First. 
The Australian Greens fielded candidates in every House of Representatives seat in Australia, and for all State and Territory Senate positions. This article provides details on candidates who stood for the 2004 Australian federal election.
On August 31, 2004, the Melbourne newspaper the Herald Sun published a page three story by journalist Gerard McManus entitled "Greens back illegal drugs" in the lead up to the 2004 Australian election. Events 1056 - Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill dying suddenly a few days later without children to succeed the Throne "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Melbourne ( is the second most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 3 The Herald Sun is a morning Tabloid Newspaper based in Melbourne, Australia Federal elections were held in Australia on 9 October, 2004. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 seats in the 76-member In response to the article Brown lodged a complaint with the Australian Press Council. The Australian Press Council is the self-regulatory body of the Australian Print media. After the election, the Press Council upheld Brown's complaint:
"The Council views this article as irresponsible journalism. . . Given the sweeping and unqualified nature of the claims, the newspaper ought to have checked the veracity and currency of the policy claims. Prior to the publication of the article, the reporter rang Sen. Brown's office asking for the Greens' policies. He was informed 'that all current policies were available on the website'. There is evidence that, as well as any use made of the Party's website in writing the article, the reporter preferred other statements of Greens' policies, some erroneous and hostile to the Greens. "
An appeal by the Herald Sun was dismissed and it was ordered to publish the Press Council’s adjudication.  Brown said:
"This was no accident or mistake. The aim was to attack the Greens, not through the editorial column, but through the news pages. The outcome of the false concoction of the Greens policies was to lose our party tens of thousands of votes and, in my calculation, seats in parliament". 
In April 2006, McManus was invited to speak at a Family First Party dinner. 
On 13 April 2007, the Herald Sun published a story titled "Greens tone down election policies" on changes to Greens policies for the 2007 federal election. Events 1111 - Henry V is crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1204 - The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Federal elections for the Parliament of Australia were held on Saturday 24 November 2007 after a 6-week campaign in which 13 
The Australian Greens primary vote has generally continued to grow with their primary vote increasing by 4. 1% in the 2006 election in South Australia, 1. 2% in the 2006 election in Queensland, 0. 1% in the 2006 election in Victoria and 0. 7% in the 2007 election in New South Wales. Contrary to this trend was a swing of 1. 5% away from the Greens in the 2006 election in Tasmania. 
Senators Bob Brown (Tas) and Kerry Nettle (NSW) were up for re-election at the 2007 federal election. Federal elections for the Parliament of Australia were held on Saturday 24 November 2007 after a 6-week campaign in which 13 Robert James Brown (born December 27, 1944) is an Australian Senator the inaugural Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens and the Kerry Michelle Nettle (born 24 December 1973) is a former Australian Senator and member of the Australian Greens in New South Federal elections for the Parliament of Australia were held on Saturday 24 November 2007 after a 6-week campaign in which 13 Brown was re-elected, but Nettle was unsuccessful.
Other Greens Senate candidates were Larissa Waters (Qld), Richard Di Natale (Vic), Scott Ludlam (WA), Sarah Hanson-Young (SA) and Kerrie Tucker (ACT). Dr Richard Di Natale (born 1970 was the lead Senate candidate for the Victorian Greens in the 2007 federal election. Scott Ludlam (born 10 January 1970) is an Australian politician Sarah Coral Hanson-Young (born 23 December 1981) is an Australian politician Kerrie Tucker was the unsuccessful 2007 Greens Senate candidate for the ACT Scott Ludlam & Sarah Hanson-Young were elected.  This was also the first general election for the Greens in which a lower house seat went "maverick". In the Division of Melbourne, the Greens polled 22. The Division of Melbourne is an Australian Electoral Division of Victoria 80 percent of the primary vote, overtaking the Liberals on preferences, finishing on a two party preferred figure of 45. The Mackerras Pendulum was devised by the Australian psephologist Malcolm Mackerras as a way of predicting the outcome of an election contested between 29 against Labor.
On the House side, Greens preferences directly contributed to the defeat of John Howard in his own electorate, the suburban Sydney seat of Bennelong. See also Howard Government John Winston Howard AC (born 26 July 1939 was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March The Division of Bennelong is an Australian electorate in New South Wales. On the 14th count, Labor candidate Maxine McKew received 75 percent of Green preferences (5 percent less than the national Greens preference average), allowing her to become only the second person to unseat a sitting prime minister since Federation. Maxine Margaret McKew MP (born 22 July 1953 is an Australian politician and the Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care in the First Rudd Ministry 
The Greens do not have formal links to environmental organisations commonly labelled by the media as "green groups" such as the Australian Conservation Foundation, The Wilderness Society and Greenpeace, all of whom claim to be non-partisan. This is a list of environmental organizations. See also Environmental organization Intergovernmental organizations International organizations The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF is an Australian non-profit community-based environmental organisation focused on advocacy policy research and community outreach The Wilderness Society (TWS is an Australian Not-for-profit non-governmental environmental advocacy whose mission is protecting promoting and restoring Wilderness Greenpeace, originally known as the Greenpeace Foundation, was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1972 However, it is common for the media to report the activities of such groups and those of The Greens under the general category of "greens". During elections, there is sometimes competition between The Greens and one or more of these groups negotiating "greens preferences" with other parties. The Greens preference negotiation objectives are to attempt to get Greens Senators elected, and to get policy outcomes on issues like Tasmanian forests, though these objectives may be to a greater or lesser extent in conflict. The outcome is that Greens more often direct preferences to Labor than the Liberals, but it is claimed that this did not affect federal election outcomes in 2001 and 2004.
Many supporters of the Labor Party and trade unions see the Greens' policies as destructive of employment in industries like mining and forestry. The forestry industry has been a particular target of environmental campaigns and Forestry unions have actively campaigned against the Greens. Left-wing trade unionists and some members of Labor's Socialist Left faction often identify more readily with the Greens, feeling sold out by Labor's Right faction and sympathizing with the Greens' social policies. This article is about the Australian party faction for the Norwegian political party see Socialist Left Party (Norway The The Labor Right, or Labor Unity is the organised faction of the Australian Labor Party (ALP that tends to be more economically liberal and socially conservative Some unionists, such as NTEU members and AMWU member such as Bill Weller of South Australia [Reynell in 2006 Kingston in 2007] have even run for parliament both federally and State under the Greens ticket. One Labor MP, Kris Hanna, the member for Mitchell in South Australia, defected to the Australian Greens in 2003. Kris Hanna is the member for Mitchell in the South Australian House of Assembly. South Australia is a state of Australia in the southern central part of the country Hanna left the Greens in February 2006 and ran again for Mitchell as an independent in the South Australian state election held on 18 March 2006. Party backgrounds Australian Labor Party The Australian Labor Party is Australia's oldest political party founded in 1891 Events 37 - The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius ' will and proclaims Caligula emperor Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. 
However, these Green sympathies are not universal within Labor's left; the similarities between the two groups often see them competing for the same voters, making the Greens' growing popularity a threat to Labor.  In 2002, prominent Socialist Left member Lindsay Tanner wrote "The emergence of the Greens. Lindsay James Tanner (born 24 April 1956) is an Australian politician with the Labor Party, and Federal Finance Minister . . is already hurting the ALP's ability to attract new members amongst young people. " During the 2004 campaign Tanner's own seat of Melbourne in Victoria was thought to be under serious threat by the Greens; during that campaign, Tanner described Greens policies as "mad". The Division of Melbourne is an Australian Electoral Division of Victoria  In the end, Tanner held the seat comfortably on primary votes (51. 78%, +4. 35 swing), and was not even forced to preferences. 
In the 2006 Victorian state election, there was increased bitterness between Labor and the Greens. Labor direct-mailed a letter from Peter Garrett to voters in its threatened inner-Melbourne seats claiming that the Greens were preferencing the Liberal Party, in spite of Greens preferences being either for Labor or being open. Peter Robert Garrett AM MP (born 16 April 1953) is an Australian Musician and Politician. The effectiveness of this tactic was confirmed when on 22 March 2007, The Age's Paul Austin wrote "Labor's campaign manager, state secretary Stephen Newnham, reckons he knows why the Greens' support fell away in the last days of the campaign. Events 238 - Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperor. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. He has told cabinet and caucus members it was because of Labor's loud assertions that the Greens had done a secret preferences deal with the Liberals. "
In April 2007, The Age reported that the Victorian Greens had published a poem titled The Battle of Jeff's Shed written by Mike Puleston describing ALP officials and volunteers who scrutinised vote counting after the November state election as "the Labor Panzers and their hardened SS troops - SS stood for Sturm Scrutineers". The poem described the final vote count at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, which finished about 4am on December 14 and resulted in the election of three Greens MLCs. Events 1287 - St Lucia's flood: The Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses killing over 50000 people Labor directed preferences in the upper house to the DLP above the Greens, which resulted in their preferences indirectly electing Peter Kavanagh from DLP in Western Victoria region. This article is about the current Australian political party founded after the dissolution of the original DLP Peter Kavanagh (born 23 February 1959) Australian politician is the member of the Victorian Legislative Council representing the Democratic The Western Victoria Region electoral district should not be confused with the more general term Western District, which describes parts of the same area
Relations between the Greens and conservative parties are almost uniformly poor. During the 2004 federal election the Australian Greens were branded as "environmental extremists" and even "fascists" by members of the Liberal-National Coalition Government. Federal elections were held in Australia on 9 October, 2004. All 150 seats in the House of Representatives and 40 seats in the 76-member Fascism is a totalitarian nationalist and corporatist ideology  Christian Democratic leader Fred Nile and John Anderson (former leader of the National Party of Australia) described the Greens as 'watermelons', being "green on the outside and red on the inside". The Christian Democratic Party (CDP is a minor Political party in Australia. Frederick John Nile (born 15 September 1934) Australian politician clergyman and social activist has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative John Duncan Anderson (born 14 November 1956) is an Australian politician. The National Party of Australia is an Australian political party. John Howard, former Australian Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Party, stated that "The Greens are not just about the environment. See also Howard Government John Winston Howard AC (born 26 July 1939 was the 25th Prime Minister of Australia from 11 March The Liberal Party of Australia is an Australian political party. They have a whole lot of other very, very kooky policies in relation to things like drugs and all of that sort of stuff". 
Former Federal Conservation Minister Eric Abetz criticised Australian Greens Senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle for spending most of their time on non-environmental issues . Eric Abetz (born 25 January 1958 in Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany) has been a Liberal Party member of the Australian
In a similar vein to the Family First television advertisements in 2004, Country Alliance also ran television advertisements in the lead up to the 2006 Victorian state election claiming that the Greens policies were "extreme". The Country Alliance is a minor political party in the state of Victoria, Australia.
The Australian Greens have some political common ground with the Australian Democrats, particularly on environmental and social issues. The Australian Democrats is an Australian Political party espousing a centrist or Social liberal ideology For example the Atmosphere Protection Bill was introduced by Mike Elliott which was the first climate change legislation to be introduced in Australia, and probably the world, was introduced by the Australian Democrats into South Australia. However, the Democrats and Greens often differ on economic issues (such as the goods and services tax which was enacted by the Liberal Government with partial Democrat support), and on the Democrats' willingness to co-operate with the government of the day. The GST (Goods and Services Tax is a Value added tax of 10% on most goods and services transactions in Australia. Suggestions of a merger between the two parties have been made on several occasions since the early 1990s, but none have received significant joint support.
The Democrats have long seen and positioned themselves as charting a course between the two major parties in Australian politics, and thus 'keeping the bastards honest', whereas the Greens' long term objective is to elect members into the lower house and ultimately form government rather than being a balance between the two larger parties. This difference, and the fact that the Greens and Democrats appear to compete for votes from people looking for an alternative to the Liberal and Labor parties, has led to perceived rivalry between the two parties.
In this context, the decline of the Democrats' vote is regarded by some as a contributing factor to the increased vote (both primary and preferred) for the Greens. However, the decline in Democrat's vote has been greater than increases in Greens votes, which indicates that much of the Democrats' former vote has gone to the major parties. The party's original support base was disaffected middle-class Liberal voters from the latter's socially liberal wing.
The various Australian states and territories have different electoral systems, some of which allow the Greens to gain representation. The Commonwealth of Australia is made up of 8 states and territories controlled under a federal system of government For elections to the Australian Parliament see the Australian electoral system. In New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia, the Greens hold seats in the Legislative Councils (upper houses), which are elected by proportional representation. Proportional representation (sometimes referred to as full representation or PR is a category of electoral formula aiming at a close match between the percentage of votes The Greens also have a seat in the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly. Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly (or more formally and fully the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory is the Unicameral legislature In Queensland and the Northern Territory, the single-member electoral system has not allowed the Greens to gain representation. The Northern Territory is a federal territory of Australia, occupying much of the center of the mainland continent as well as the central northern regions
The Greens' most important area of state political activity has been in Tasmania, which is the only state where the lower house of the state parliament is elected by proportional representation. In Tasmania the Greens have been represented in the House of Assembly since 1986. The House of Assembly, or lower house is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of Tasmania in Australia At the 1989 state election, the Liberal Party won 17 seats to Labor's 13 and the Greens' 5. The Greens agreed to support a minority Labor government in exchange for various policy commitments. In 1992 the agreement broke down over the issue of employment in the forestry industry, and the premier, Michael Field, called an early state election which the Liberals won. Michael Field may refer to Michael Field (Australian politician (born 1948 Premier of Tasmania Michael Field (author, pseudonym Later, Labor and the Liberals combined to reduce the size of the Assembly from 35 to 25, thus raising the quota for election. At the 1998 election the Greens won only one seat, despite their vote only falling slightly, mainly due to the new electoral system. They recovered in the 2002 election when they won four seats. All four seats were retained in the 2006 election.
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