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Annual report of the Australian Greens
  • Annual Report 2012-13AUSTRALIAN GREENS

  • Representatives ..................................................................................................... 3

    National Co-Convenors Christine Cunningham & Ben Spies-Butcher ....................... 4

    National Manager Brett Constable ........................................................................... 5

    National Secretary Neil Cotter ................................................................................. 6

    National Treasurer Diane Evers ................................................................................ 7

    National Policy Coordinator Maiy Azize ................................................................... 8

    International Co-Secretaries Alex Surace & Bob Hale .............................................. 9

    Senator for Tasmania & Parliamentary Leader Christine Milne ................................. 10

    Deputy Parliamentary Leader & Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt ....................... 11

    Senator for Western Australia Rachel Siewert.......................................................... 12

    Senator for South Australia Sarah Hanson-Young..................................................... 13

    Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam............................................................. 14

    Senator for Victoria Richard Di Natale ..................................................................... 15

    Senator for South Australia Penny Wright ............................................................... 16

    Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters .................................................................. 17

    Senator for New South Wales Lee Rhiannon. .......................................................... 18

    Senator for Tasmania Peter Whish-Wilson .............................................................. 19

    INCOME & EXPENDITURE STATEMENT ................................................................. 20

    STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION .................................................................. 21

    STATEMENT OF CASHFLOWS ............................................................................... 22

    State and Territory Greens Offices ............................................................ Back Cover


  • NATIONAL OFFICERSCo-Convenors Christine Cunningham & Ben Spies-Butcher e: [email protected]

    Secretary Neil Cotter e: [email protected]

    Treasurer Diane Evers e: [email protected]

    Policy Coordinator Maiy Azize e: [email protected]

    International Co-Secretaries Alex Surace & Bob Hale e: [email protected]

    NATIONAL OFFICEwww.greens.org.au Gnd Floor Unit 4 Jacobs House 8-10 Hobart Place GPO Box 1108 Canberra ACT 2601 p: 02 6140 3217 f: 02 6247 6455

    STAFFBrett Constable - Nat. Manager e: [email protected]

    Chris Harris - Campaign Coord e: [email protected]

    Susan Sussems - Fundraiser e: [email protected]

    Mark Quinn - Office Manager e: [email protected]

    Andrew Dockery - Systems e: [email protected]

    Rathi Ramanathan - International Dev e: [email protected]

    Helen Thompson - Finance e: [email protected]

    Seedpod - Green Magazine Editor e: [email protected] p: 0413 056 901

    FEDERAL MPSSenator Christine Milne e:[email protected] GPO Box 896, Hobart TAS 7001 p: 03 6224 8899

    Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt e: [email protected] 280 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 p: 03 9642 0922

    Senator Rachel Siewert e: [email protected] 1/151 Brisbane Street, Northbridge WA 6000 p: 08 9228 3277

    Senator Sarah Hanson-Young e: [email protected] Level 7, 147 Pirie Street, Adelaide SA 5000 p: 08 8227 0425

    Senator Scott Ludlam e: [email protected] 8 Cantonment Street, Fremantle WA 6160 p: 08 9335 7477

    Senator Richard Di Natale e: [email protected] Level 4, 199 Moorabool Street, Geelong VIC 3220 p: 03 5221 4100

    Senator Penny Wright e: [email protected] Level 3, 27 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA 5000 p. 08 8410 4588

    Senator Larissa Waters e: [email protected] Level 1, 251 Given Terrace, Paddington QLD 4064 p. 07 3367 0566

    Senator Lee Rhiannon e: [email protected] 72 Campbell Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010 p: 02 9211 9523

    Senator Peter Whish-Wilson e: [email protected] PO Box 5194, Launceston TAS 7250 p. 03 6331 0033

    Authorised by Christine Cunningham & Ben Spies-Butcher 8-10 Hobart Place Canberra ACT Licensed under CC-BY-NC Aus 2.5




  • It has been a privilege to convene the party over the past year. While we have worked towards a continuous campaigning model, much of our activity remains on an electoral cycle, meaning 2013 was the culmination of three years of planning and work. We achieved a lot during the hung parliament. And we also grew as a party.

    There were some great successes. We undertook a thorough review of policy, leading to a fully costed policy platform and a suite of initiatives. Our fundraising strategy has started to pay off. Around the country we met ambitious fundraising targets. To a much greater extent than previous elections there was a united national message and communications strategy. This was developed from our principles and from thorough research. We signed up new members and trained new campaigners, with record numbers in many parts of the country.

    We particularly want to thank our staff, whose numbers grew during the election. Brett Constable and Chris Harris did a magnificent job coordinating the party and the campaign, ably assisted by Mark Quinn and Helen Thompson whose work is invaluable to us operating effectively. Our IT staff Andrew Dockery, Chris Dubrow and Seamus Lee have supported and developed one of our most important tools with a fraction of the resources of organisations like GetUp! Roseanne Bersten also did an incredible job of supporting our candidates to engage in social media, and Andrew Blake providing further support to the campaign operation, despite both coming on board late in the campaign. And thanks too to Alex Frankel and Associates, Republic of Everyone and Benedictus Media for their wonderful work.

    Having said that, the election result was clearly disappointing. We had some success in strategically holding on to our seats; gaining a new Senator in Victoria. But the decline in our vote should be seen as a real challenge for the future. Just as important, the absence of climate change as a key election issue, alongside the dehumanizing debate over refugees, signals we were also losing the public debate. There were also real issues in rolling out our strategy. Materials came too late. There wasnt enough training for candidates and campaigners on our strategy. Some of the governance on our national campaign needs to be improved decisions made more quickly and inclusively.

    There are some important challenges ahead. Our lower vote is creating real budgetary challenges. We are concerned that we dont turn away from a shared national approach. At the same time there are exciting new opportunities through our constitutional review to look for new ways of doing business, practicing our values, engaging our members and reaching

    out to our supporters. We encourage all members to get involved in this review and to be conscious of reviews of our budget and national campaign, which clearly overlap.

    In particular we would like to reflect on our experiment with sharing the Convenors role. This is the first time we have had Co-Convenors and we both feel it has been a real success. It has facilitated a shared leadership model, collaboration and a shared workload.

    Finally a big thank you to all those Greens that make this party possible. To our office bearers, to the Coordinating Group, the members of the national election campaign team, the policy committee, the global Greens, the state office bearers, the local activists and campaigners. There is a tendency to foreground those in official Australian Greens positions. But our party is strong because it is so much more. We have been blown away by the skills, commitment and enthusiasm of our members, across the country.


    We had some success in strategically holding on to our seats; gaining a new Senator in Victoria. But the decline in our vote should be seen as a real challenge for the future.


  • What a year has passed! But with more work now to come and in a much tougher financial and political environment.

    Our staff in the National Office swelled to a peak of twelve in the lead up to the election with sixteen people on the payroll over the course of the year. Post-election our numbers are dropping back again to a core of six people, but this time without our web and systems guru, Chris Dubrow, who has moved onto greener pastures after more than six years with the national organisation, beginning with the 2007 federal election. Chris efforts towards consolidating our systems onto a national platform cant be overstated.

    Our focus over the last three years on systems, fundraising and campaigning has culminated in our best election campaign yet. During this last year our back office staff, Mark Quinn and Helen Thompson were focussed on responding to public enquiries and processing more than 12,700 donations and memberships while a similar number of total transactions were processed through State offices.

    In addition to the efforts of Chris Dubrow on developing and maintaining our IT infrastructure our team has included Andrew Dockery, Andrew McNaughton and Seamus Lee, plus an enormous voluntary contribution by Erich Schulz who has almost single-handedly transformed and supported our election management system.

    For the first time the national office has been involved in supporting the presentation of fundraising events in States which were held over this last year in Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth under the guidance of our fundraiser, Susan Sussems. She was joined earlier this year by our digital communications specialist, Rosanne Bersten, and together they were key to a massive push with our online fundraising.

    Thank you all for supporting our numerous calls for funds right through to the day of the election.

    Our national campaign team was led by Chris Harris with support from Andrew Blake and Rosanne Bersten. Together they facilitated an unprecedented level of preparatory activities on research, and advertising in support of the national and State campaigns. Of course we could not have achieved what we did with our renewed communications strategy and delivery without the expertise of agencies Alex Frankel and Associates, Republic of Everyone, and Benedictus Media. In addition, we have worked closely with many staff of the federal MPs on successful joint campaigning activities, in particular, Erin Farley, Dave Paris and Josh Wyndham-Kidd.

    And alongside our locally focussed work, we have had Margie Law followed by Rathi Ramanathan who have worked on our AusAID funded program to support the development of democracy in the Asia Pacific region. This work, which is ongoing under a contract to June 2015 subject to continued funding from the new government, included a study tour of delegates from Green parties from neighbouring countries in the final weeks of our election campaign.

    If only I had space, there would be so many more acknowledgments to make for all of the extremely highly skilled and dedicated volunteers that are essential to making our activities possible - from our national and state office bearers, to the many who participate on our working groups, to the many many more who support us campaigning in the streets and at polling booths on election day.

    Thank you to everyone for continuing to build an ever stronger organisation. The best is still to come.


    Our focus over the last three years on systems, fundraising and campaigning has culminated in our best election campaign yet.


  • Despite being term limited to two terms, I find myself coming to the end of my third term due to a waiver granted at last National Conference. There is a restriction on seeking any Office Bearer position without a further waiver after three terms, but mostly at this point I just need to scale back on my Greens commitments somewhat. I would like to thank everyone for their support in carrying out my role over the last three years. It has been an interesting and instructive experience, and I like to think I have done at least my share of the work of keeping the party going.

    A small but significant proportion of the membership volunteering and a tiny but dedicated staff keeps the party going between elections, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their efforts on behalf of the party. I would like to especially single out Andrea Millsom, Ben Spies-Butcher and Christine Cunningham for their incredible contributions as Convenors (also a voluntary position), which in my view is the most demanding of the Office Bearer roles. I have found them each to be remarkable individuals, and it is a credit to the party to have attracted people of their calibre.

    I have not sought to radically reinvent the role of Secretary, merely competently provide those things inherent to the role. As such I have spent my years volunteering, contributing to the Australian Greens Coordinating Group (AGCG), negotiating agendas and compiling minutes and proposals, and otherwise seeking to facilitate National Councils and National Conferences. I have provided advice on compliance with the constitution and bylaws, both generally and specifically for proposals to national meetings, and updated collations of by-laws and working group terms of reference, though the latter is a role I have undertaken for some time before becoming Secretary.

    We are moving towards a nation-wide consultation with members in relation to the partys identity, structure and purpose that will culminate in a Constitutional Convention next year, as we seek to adapt to the opportunities and challenges presented by increasing membership and parliamentary representation. I urge all members to engage with this process as it unfolds as it will significantly determine how the party evolves as an organisation, and how able it is to adapt to the challenges ahead. There are significant tensions in how the party functions at present that need to be addressed, and how they are addressed will significantly determine what kind of party we have.

    As Secretary I have gleaned some more insight into how our party functions, and the tensions involved in its operations, and even the distribution and exercise of power. From my perspective a disproportionate amount of power has coalesced in the Party Room, not necessarily by design,

    but nonetheless the concentration of power is a significant issue. The Party Room is an Australian Greens body that is established but not well defined by our constitution, but the role of which has expanded considerably via various by-laws or simply assumption of various roles by Party Room.

    The Party Room has of course grown considerably quickly from just Bob to the 10 members of parliament that we now have. When you factor in the considerable number of full-time staff and resources that are provided to support those positions it means the small National Office and volunteer party positions have become somewhat overshadowed. This represents a significant change in the balance of power between the party organisation and the members of parliament, perhaps most evident in the recent election where the Conference determined policies were not the basis of the campaign, but rather policy initiatives developed by the Party Room. Often internally the Party Room seems not to function as a body of the Australian Greens, but more like an independent body with even greater status than that of the States that make up the confederation. This reflects some significant flaws in our current constitutional arrangements that were put in place long before we experienced parliamentary representation, and the reality of ad hoc processes that have developed in something of a vacuum.

    However I dont think the deficit in democracy in the party is wholly related to the Party Room, but also to internal party processes more generally. The constitutional reform process gives us an opportunity to explore incorporating new types of processes that better allow for membership control of the party. Certainly there have been some innovations in internal democracy in other parties that we could consider, most obviously the recent ballot for the parliamentary leadership conducted by the ALP. However more interesting are the internal processes developed by the Pirate Party, most publicly their approach to preferences, but also in other facets of their organisation that take full advantage of technological advances. Specifically I recommend investigation of the application of the concept of liquid democracy, a mix between direct and representative democracy that functions via online forums, that allows power to flow down to individual members to the extent that members are able and willing to assume such power, and where they are not to dynamically control who wields that power on their behalf.



  • It pleases me to say that as of the 30th June 2013, the Australian Greens were in a strong financial position and ready to face the coming election. Prudent management and collaborative effort throughout the year on the part of all staff and office bearers gave us the resources to face our upcoming challenges.

    We started the year with a sound complement of staff, working well together to deliver the services required by the organisation. Fundraising activity was ticking along quite well, supported by our systems team and coordination of our on-line fundraising program. The approach to integrate fundraising activities across states and the national office, and to coordinate on-line and off-line donation opportunities, was implemented superbly by Susan Sussems and Rosanne Bersten in preparation for the crucial period leading up to the election.

    A mid year budget review gave us the opportunity to reallocate funds where necessary and add to the campaign funds with savings found in the three year budget. The support from member states, individual members, and the dedication of our campaign coordinator, Chris Harris, steered the Australian Greens toward what was going to be a very challenging election.

    Considerable dialogue with state and territory treasurers provided a stable platform for addressing financial issues as they arose. The national office recognises the benefit of having strong member states, and encourages collaboration where possible. It is our intention to work with state treasurers to ensure their financial sustainability as the national office works with them to develop deliverable services to offer states and territories to reduce their burden of administrative tasks.

    It is with some sadness that I must recognise the departure of our long serving systems manager, Chris Dubrow. He moved on late in the financial year, but not before being certain that the Australian Greens were in a strong position to face the challenges of the election, leaving Andrew Dockery to continue the work and take us into the next three year budget cycle with intentions to conduct a thorough systems review to best meet the challenges of our organisation.

    Following on from the 2012 2013 financial year, the Australian Greens are in a sound financial position to withstand the challenges of the coming election cycle under the conservative management style of Brett Constable and his team, Helen Thompson and Mark Quinn. I greatly appreciate all the valuable work undertaken by the staff of our national organisation, who all carry out their work with such diligence and strong commitment to the purposes of the party.


    Considerable dialogue with state and territory treasurers provided a stable platform for addressing financial issues as they arose. The national office recognises the benefit of having strong member states, and encourages collaboration where possible.


  • It has been another a busy year for the Australian Greens on the policy front, with the formal completion of our policy review. In January 2013, the new Australian Greens policy platform was launched by Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, following the final ratification of the revised policies at the Australian Greens National Conference. The complete platform is available for download from the Australian Greens website.

    Work on the platform has continued throughout the year, with a Special Policy Conference further refining the partys policy preambles. These were drafted in 2012 and distributed for comment to State and Territory delegates, and were recently endorsed for adoption as part of our platform.

    In July 2013, the Australian Greens Policy Coordinating Committee (AGPCC) also led the ratification of a new Bylaw to guide the ongoing development of policy within the party. This Bylaw will guide the regular review of the partys policies, and describes the structure of the Australian Greens policy platform. Special thanks must go to Rohan Leppert of the Victorian Greens for his assistance in developing the Bylaw.

    Policy development within the Australian Greens relies on the engagement of all AGPCC members, particularly the state and territory representatives.

    In 2012-13, the AGPCC has comprised of:

    Maiy Azize National Policy Coordinator

    Clare Ozich Party Room representative

    Adrienne Farago NT delegate

    Catherine Garner Queensland delegate

    Patrick Tobin ACT delegate

    Cathy Peters NSW delegate

    Anthony Blond WA delegate

    Warwick Smith VIC delegate

    Matt Fisher SA delegate

    Amy Tyler TAS delegate

    My thanks to everyone who has served on the AGPCC over the past year, to the AGCG for their continued support, and to all members who have volunteered their time to participate in our policy development activities. I also thank our National Policy Officer Dave Abbott for his work on the policy review, and for his role in supporting the activities of the AGPCC.

    The work of the AGPCC now continues, though now in a different phase. Members and member groups are now able to participate in ongoing policy development through their state or territory AGPCC delegate. An Information Paper describing the background to the development of the platform is now available, as is a template form for the submission of policy initiatives. Copies of these documents are available to all party members and local groups.


    Members and member groups are now able to participate in ongoing policy development through their state or territory AGPCC delegate.


  • GLOBAL GREENSThe Global Greens Coordination Group has appointed the first full time paid employee, Alice Rosmi, who was one of the main organisers of the Dakar Global Greens Congress last year. Communication will be a priority as Alice settles into the role in the coming months. She is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian, and the position is based in Brussels in the European Green Party Office.

    Plans are proceeding for the next Congress in Europe in 2016/2017.

    ASIA PACIFIC GREEN FEDERATIONThe APGN is now the APGF. The network of Greens parties in the Asia Pacific region has been formalised and a legal entity created called the Asia Pacific Greens Federation, in line with other regions.

    The Coordination Group has recruited their first paid employee, Rior Santos from the Philippines. Rior has extensive experience with APGF and is passionate about taking the federation forward.

    The 3rd regional Congress will be hosted by the Philippine Green Party in Batangas, south of Manila on March 14-16, 2014.

    GLOBAL YOUNG GREENSWe have submitted a proposal for a Congress in 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey, with the local YGs in the area keen to play a big part in organising if successful. The application was submitted in Turkish and the theme was Greening Democracy - A Global Perspective on Youth Participation.

    GLOBAL ISSUES WORKING GROUP (GIG)At National Conference in November 2012 in Sydney, GIG ran a successful and well received lecture / workshop organised and facilitated by Alex Surace. There were 3 speakers Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Patricia Raynald from the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) and Adam Wolfenden the Trade Justice Campaigner with the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG), with about 50 people attending. We also assisted with the Country Specific Resolutions that were put to National Conference.

    At the Hobart Council in March, we ran a successful and interesting forum on Marine Bio-diversity organised and facilitated by Amy Tyler.

    Part of our Terms of Reference is to disseminate information, and to assist with this we have created a Facebook page where we will be posting international political information that is relevant to members of the Australian Greens - https://www.facebook.com/AustralianGreensGoGlobal

    AUSTRALIAN GREENS - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (AG-IDC)Our budget is $200,000 a year for 3 years, and up to now funds have been managed for the Federal Government by AusAID.

    There is a possibility that this funding will be reduced or abolished as part of the new Governments austerity measures.

    The following projects have been completed or are currently under way:

    Empowering Women in Politics in Indonesia (stage 2)

    Review of Constitution & Convention of the Green Party Solomon Islands

    Support to building the Partido Kalikasan as a registered national political party in the Philippines

    Preliminary Green Book Development Program

    Research on Barriers to the Development of environmental/Green politics in the Asia-Pacific

    A case study on Asia Pacific regions green parties key agendas and strategies for election

    Model Rules (principles) for Green Parties

    Providing support for the APGF Secretariat role

    Providing support for the 2014 APGF Congress

    Election tour sponsored 6 people to come to Perth and Sydney to observe our federal election



  • 2012-2013 has been a terrific first full year as Australian Greens Leader and what a year it has been with more Labor leadership changes, an election campaign and ongoing media hysteria about the Gillard minority government.

    2012 and 2013 have proved a rollercoaster of politics, campaigning and legislating.

    From that day in January when then Prime Minister Gillard announced a September 2013 election date we found ourselves in a non-stop election campaign.

    All the polling since 2010 pointed to a likely Liberal victory and the spectre of a looming Abbott government meant the Greens party room had two imperatives.

    One was for all MPs to start campaigning for the election.

    The other was to get critical reform through the parliament before a Liberal government took office.

    And we achieved great reform in the last year of the minority government. The clean energy package was implemented and has rolled out grants to support biodiversity and clean technology, as well as reduced emissions from the electricity sector by 7%. We delivered improvements to disability services and were strong supporters of the Gonski reforms and increased funding for public schools. Greens wins for Australia, such as 3 million children having access to Medicare-funded Denticare from January 2014, have been celebrated by communities everywhere, not to mention an end to sniffable fuel in remote communities in the Northern Territory.

    We also continued to contribute to the stability of the parliament: not an easy task in the face of the onslaught of negativity from the Liberal and National parties, the Murdoch press and ongoing infighting in the Labor government.

    However, when it became clear the Labor party had decided to walk away from our signed Agreement, I called it publicly. Labor decided to walk into the arms of the big miners and away from the agreement to work with the Greens to implement policies in the national interest and that tackled climate change.

    Labors refusal to fix the mining tax and to allow widespread mining in the Tarkine despite the Heritage Councils recommendation to give it heritage listing were the last straw. These decisions, which flew in the face of evidence and expert opinion, were on top of a bungled move to hand environmental protection powers to state governments, which included the Queensland Government whose premier famously stated were not in the tourism business, were in the coal business.

    Now the Liberal government has taken office our task will be to stand strongly against the repeal of genuine action on climate change and to continue to drive the campaign for marriage equality. In the global climate emergency we cannot go backwards when weve only just started to make the gains we need to transform ourselves to a low-carbon economy.

    Thank you for your support in my first year as Leader. Ive felt enormously privileged to represent you in the federal parliament and Ive appreciated the many supportive messages you have sent to me and the great conversations Ive had with you at events all over Australia.

    Im looking forward to addressing the new electoral and parliamentary challenges we face in 2013-2014 with my talented party room colleagues. Greens members around Australia can be rightly proud of their Green MPs, who are an incredibly talented and dedicated group of people who put everything into representing you and the Greens philosophy.

    In 2013-2014 we need to not only defend Greens gains and stop Tony Abbott imposing his cruel policies on the unemployed, low-income earners, single parents and refugees, but to expose his secrecy and the extent of his assault on the natural environment and the world our children and future generations inherit. We will be a beacon of hope in an otherwise bleak landscape.


    We also continued to contribute to the stability of the parliament: not an easy task in the face of the onslaught of negativity from the Liberal and National parties, the Murdoch press and ongoing infighting in the Labor government.



    Over the course of the year my team continued to represent the people of Melbourne, working with the community and advocating for hundreds of people who needed assistance.

    Important milestones in my portfolio included:

    Securing the support of Parliament on a motion to protect health and medical research

    Pursuing legislation on insecure work and work/life balance

    Negotiating amendments to the governments section 457 legislation to protect workers

    Releasing a report on high speed rail showing the key economic benefits

    2013 ELECTIONAfter a hard fought election campaign, we were able to achieve a remarkable result in Melbourne and in Victoria.

    In the face of a national swing against the Greens of over 3%, here in Melbourne we managed to lift our primary vote by 7% and record the highest Greens Senate vote of any federal division at just under 35%.

    This result is not something that was made possible overnight. It reflects three years of hard work building on the 2010 election, a well thought through strategy and an effective team that was able to lead a strong grassroots election campaign over the last 12 months.

    Our community organising team mobilised 584 active volunteers and 12,588 active supporters. Together we knocked on 46,219 doors including 10,555 in one weekend, made more than 23, 273 phone calls and reached out to people with 233,000 emails. Even in the last 24 hours of the campaign we were able to engage in a doorknocking blitz with

    at least 2,042 doors on polling day.

    These one-on-one conversations were the core to our communications effort, which was backed up with grassroots fundraising that meant we could invest in advertising and resources.

    People in Melbourne responded to our clear message about standing up for what matters and the need for politicians who will stand up for a clean economy and a caring society.

    Many of the surrounding electorates next to Melbourne also saw an increase in their vote and I am confident that if we are able to extend our approach into the next election we will be able to win more lower house seats.

    With Melbourne secure, I am now working with Christine Milne and the whole Greens team on the task of providing the real opposition to Tony Abbott as he seeks to dismantle action on climate change.

    In the face of a national swing against the Greens of over 3%, here in Melbourne we managed to lift our primary vote by 7% and record the highest Greens Senate vote of any federal division at just under 35%.



    We also enjoyed a significant environmental win during the past year, with Woodside and its joint venture partners abandoning plans to build a highly polluting LNG hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley, a plan that would have caused serious and irreparable damage to the regions environment, culture and heritage.

    Elections always make for a hectic twelve months, and this year has been no exception. While its easy to overlook much of the year and focus on the election, the fact is that since our last annual report, weve had some significant milestones and been closely involved in key events and legislation that will help Australians for years to come.

    The apology to people affected by past forced adoption practices in March made for a very emotional day, but it was a very special occasion that Im sure many people will remember for the rest of their lives. After the hard work of so many people over a number of years, it is good to see on-going progress to help those affected by past adoption practices. I am a member of the Forced Adoptions Implementation Working Group, which is focusing on implementing the measures the Government announced as part of the Apology.

    At the end of 2012 I was proud to see our Low Aromatic Fuel Bill pass Parliament, providing an important step towards ending the scourge of petrol sniffing, particularly in central Australia. This law, developed in close consultation with Aboriginal communities and health organisations will allow for the supply of non-sniffable fuel, commonly known as Opal, to be mandated in at-risk areas if rouge operators refuse to stock it. This is an important power which is integral to ensuring the rollout of non-sniffable fuel continues to be a success.

    The Greens have continued to be at the forefront of a number of crucial political issues for Australias future, and in my portfolio areas weve taken the political lead when it comes to helping single parents and people on inadequate income support payments like Newstart and Youth Allowance.

    This is set to be a long campaign, with the new Coalition Government looking more likely to expand punitive measures like income management than to deliver a $50 increase to Newstart and reverse the damaging effects of policies like welfare to work. Im proud that the Greens are pushing ahead with legislation to effectively reverse cuts to single parents and increase Newstart, and Youth Allowance. Were the only party putting the time and effort into this issue and it is something well all need to continue working on in the coming weeks and months.

    In the last year weve also been closely involved with some major reforms, such as the Living Longer, Living Better aged care package, National Disability Insurance Scheme and the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC). In each instance, we negotiated improvements that will ensure stronger and fairer outcomes for the millions of Australians living with disability, relying on our aged care or the community sector each year.

    Over the last 12 months weve also seen the nation move closer to a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It was disappointing that a referendum could not go ahead at the recent election as we had hoped, but it was clear that more work needed to be done in order provide the best chance of a yes vote. Im a member of the Parliamentary Joint Committee working on the question and other issues linked to Constitutional Recognition, and there are amazing organisations such as Recognise who are doing tremendous work to progress this issue and build public awareness.

    The passage of the Act of Recognition through Parliament was a stepping stone towards Constitutional change and Im looking forward to close, ongoing involvement with the campaign over the coming year.

    We also enjoyed a significant environmental win during the past year, with Woodside and its joint venture partners abandoning plans to build a highly polluting LNG hub at James Price Point in the Kimberley, a plan that would have caused serious and irreparable damage to the regions environment, culture and heritage. This has been a long community campaign and the news came as a welcome relief, however the threat to the Kimberley hasnt ended. The WA Government is still intent on developing the area, and the work of the Greens and the community will continue to protect this precious region.

    I thank you all for your ongoing support and hard work over the past twelve months. This work will become all the more important as a result of the recent change in Government.



    ...after years of campaigning, celebrations erupted across the country recently when the ACT Government passed landmark marriage equality laws.

    2013 HAS DEFINITELY BEEN A VERY BIG YEAR!As Labor caved in to the Liberal Partys fear-mongering on refugees, the Greens stood resolute. Tony Abbott won the race to the bottom (despite Labors best efforts) and now the Greens offer the only real opposition to the Coalitions cruelty.

    In some good news, after the Greens led the charge in the Federal Parliament, it was confirmed earlier in the year that hundreds of Afghan interpreters who served with our troops will now be offered permanent protection in Australia. We also shipped hundreds of books to refugee children held in detention after receiving an overwhelming response to our Books of Hope campaign.

    On another front, after years of campaigning, celebrations erupted across the country recently when the ACT Government passed landmark marriage equality laws. This was a crucial victory and the Greens will continue to push for the nation-wide reform that the public is so ready for.

    We gave Australian mums and dads a chance to have their say on childcare and launched a National Youth Survey early in the year which helped to inform the Greens considered, progressive policies at the Federal Election.

    My win in a hard fought SA campaign was only made possible by the amazing support we received from our members and our army of volunteers. Thanks to their efforts, I will continue to stand up with the rest of the Green team in the Federal Parliament against cruelty, discrimination and the destruction of our environment at every opportunity.


  • THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE WEIRD...The biggest problem with writing up the WA election campaign is that by the time you get to read it, the report is likely to be obsolete.

    Along with the rest of the country, we cheered Adam and his talented team on election night, delighted in the news that Janet would join the party room, and celebrated good wins in SA and Tasmania. Amidst the sobering reality of what an Abbott-Murdoch government could do to the country, at least we knew thered be a strong Greens team in Parliament to take it up to them.

    What we didnt know was, whether or not wed won WA. And now, looking back over the agonisingly slow count, announcement of our loss, first appeal to the AEC, second appeal, a massive recount effort and then a razor-fine win marred by the unprecedented loss of 1375 ballot papers the surprises keep coming.

    In 2012-13 we made a strong case for the Greens - putting housing affordability, clean energy and public transport at the centre of our campaign. It reflected much of the work we had done in Western Australia over the last term, the centrepiece of which is WA 2.0 our vision for a resilient, smart, fair and sustainable Western Australia.

    This year has also seen damning confirmation of the invasion of the privacy of hundreds of millions of ordinary people around the world. The Labor Government refused to answer our questions on their involvement in indiscriminate surveillance, and now the Abbott Government has joined them in silence over the outsourcing of US intelligence gathering through Australian embassies.

    There is much work to be done in 2014 and beyond. For now it seems the road leads to a fresh election in 2014, but first, an appointment with the Court of Disputed Returns.

    To our fine army of sharp-eyed scrutineers, our thanks. To everyone else who showed your support over past weeks, you are so much appreciated. One way or another, were going to hold the seat for the Greens.


    This year has also seen damning confirmation of the invasion of the privacy of hundreds of millions of ordinary people around the world.


  • My second full year as a Senator has been fantastic and Ive never been prouder to represent the people of Victoria and fight for Green values.

    Ive been working hard across my portfolios of health, sport, gambling, multiculturalism, East Timor and West Papua, and with your support weve delivered some significant wins.

    Firstly, after a year-long campaign (including the introduction of a private members bill and regular grilling at Senate Estimates) Im very pleased to report that Australias Future Fund has divested itself of nearly $250 million in tobacco shares and adopted an ethical investments policy. A massive win for the Greens and for public health.

    This year I initiated Senate Inquiries into a range of crucially important issues including pharmaceutical transparency, sports science and gambling reform. My Inquiry into the health impacts of air quality held hearings throughout Australia and has resulted in the drafting of a Clean Air Act initiative, and my Inquiry into the growing threat of superbugs and antibiotic resistance has resulted in a major response from the government and the creation of a high-level taskforce to tackle the problem. Finally my Inquiry into hospital funding helped to end the blame game between state and federal governments and restore much-needed funding to our public hospital system.

    This year was of course an election year, and we campaigned on a number of key issues. As health spokesperson I announced our fully costed $9 billion health package, a package designed to put Australia on the path towards the Greens ideal of universal healthcare, and to tackle the growing trend of alarming increases in out-of-pocket medical costs for everyday Australians. The package includes investments in Medicare, funding boosts for public hospitals (in particular rural hospitals), preventative health measures, protections from pollution for our air, land and water, a specialised rural mental health plan, investment in regional doctor training, targeted plans for mental health, eye health and hearing health, and commitments to medical research and innovation.

    I will continue to fight for these campaigns, along with our ongoing campaigns on pokies reform, sports betting, and West Papua. With your support, I am very much looking forward to taking the fight to Tony Abbott and standing up for Green values in the new Parliament.


    My Inquiry into the health impacts of air quality held hearings throughout Australia and has resulted in the drafting of a Clean Air Act initiative, and my Inquiry into the growing threat of superbugs and antibiotic resistance has resulted in a major response from the government and the creation of a high-level taskforce to tackle the problem.


  • It has been an incredibly busy and satisfying year in my office, both in parliament and on the campaign trail.

    We put pressure on the government to legislate for a better, fairer school funding system so that all Australian children can have a quality education, no matter where they live or how much money their parents have. Our strong, fully-costed education policies set the standard during the election campaign and I will continue to fiercely advocate for our public schools under the new government, always aware that neither Christopher Pyne nor Tony Abbott has ever acknowledged the Howard school funding system was inequitable and broken.

    I secured three crucial Senate inquiries this year, including one into the impact of the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing, after hearing serious and widespread concerns that the tests are compromising student wellbeing and learning. I will move to reconvene this inquiry when parliament resumes.

    The Greens remain the only party serious about improving our mental health system. Earlier this year I launched my rural, regional and remote mental health report, Voices and Experiences the result of a great deal of consultation with mental health service providers, carers, consumers and advocacy groups across the nation. We shaped a rural mental health policy from the report which was described by the peak rural mental health body as one of the most sensible pieces of policy workfrom a political party, on rural mental health, in the last 25 years.

    The momentum for our campaign to protect South Australias iconic Kangaroo Island from offshore oil and gas exploration grows as we join with the local community in saying this stunning, wild place is too precious to lose. In May this year, we recorded a win when the former government announced the oil companys exploration plans would be subject to strict environmental assessment. Well continue to fight hard with the community to protect this precious place.

    My work around improving access to justice and implementing a justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice continues. We must take urgent action to reduce the disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our prisons, and especially their young people. I initiated two separate inquiries into these issues and was encouraged that the findings of both inquiries supported the Greens policy position. Our fully costed legal policies were welcomed by peak legal bodies, including the Law Council, during the election campaign.

    August 30, 2013 marked the culmination of a very long

    campaign to have the names of Australian Peacekeepers, killed during deployments, included on the Australian War Memorial Honour Roll. This was a major achievement and a significant day for the peacekeepers families who finally have proper recognition for their loved ones.

    One of the best things about my job is meeting inspiring people all over Australia and being able to provide a voice for them and their interests in our parliament. Wherever I go, I hear stories about how the Greens work is making a difference to the lives of everyday Australians. Im proud of what we have achieved, and will continue to achieve, as a team of Greens across the country. Thank you to everyone who makes it possible.


    The Greens remain the only party serious about improving our mental health system. Earlier this year I launched my rural, regional and remote mental health report, Voices and Experiences the result of a great deal of consultation with mental health service providers, carers, consumers and advocacy groups across the nation.


  • This year, weve made real progress in the fight against coal seam gas, mining industrialisation of the Great Barrier Reef and the hand-off of national environment protection powers to reckless state governments.

    Its inspirational to see the community campaign against CSG, shale and tight gas continue to grow and succeed, with communities locking their gates to deter Big Gas! I love meeting the folk around Australia fighting against this dangerous industry, which destroys land, water, the climate and the Great Barrier Reef through export.

    The unwavering dedication of these communities inspired our work in Parliament, where the combined might of Greens, rural independents and the strength of community and scientific concern pressured the Gillard Government into protecting water from CSG and large coal mines (the water trigger). Our amendments to extend this protection to shale and tight gas were not supported, but negotiations with Tony Windsor MP ensured success for an amendment that stops the water trigger being delegated to state governments. In doing so, we safeguarded this new water protection from the Abbott Governments dangerous plan to hand over federal environmental responsibilities to state governments.

    Unfortunately, Labor refused to support our bill and amendments to prevent the delegation of other environmental approval powers to state governments. Handing over federal environmental approval responsibilities to the states would see the very state premiers who are threatening our national parks with logging, prospecting, grazing and shooting, put in charge of protecting World Heritage Areas and threatened species.

    My Senate inquiry provided indisputable evidence of the damage devolving national environment law would cause. Tragically, Labor refused to work with the Greens to make delegation of federal approval powers unlawful, which would have Abbott-proofed federal environment protection.

    Now the Abbott Government is steaming ahead with these reckless plans to wind back the role of the federal government in protecting our most precious places and wildlife. They can expect a massive fight from us Greens and the community so get on board with our campaign as it ramps up in the coming months. Our environment and its federal protection are too precious to lose.

    This year has seen our iconic Great Barrier Reef attract international attention for all the wrong reasons. The Reef is in peril from unprecedented levels of dredging, dumping and shipping for fossil fuel exports, and the World Heritage Committee is warning it could be added to the in-danger list

    within a year. Yet the old parties have ignored the Committees recommendations for no new ports, no damaging port expansions, and a moratorium on new approvals until we have a real long term plan that secures the future of the Reef. Its been left to the Greens to introduce a bill to adopt those sensible recommendations into law. The resulting Senate inquiry provided a wealth of scientific evidence that reiterated the Reefs importance and fragility, yet the old parties cosy relationship with the big miners led to the Senate Committee recommending my bill not be supported. Undeterred, we intend to bring the bill on for a vote at the next opportune time.

    With the fate of one of the seven natural wonders of the world at stake, we Greens will continue to campaign with the community to save the Reef and the worlds climate from Queenslands coal and gas bonanza.

    Thanks to the hard-working members and campaign team at the Queensland Greens for an excellent campaign. Sadly all that hard work didnt translate into the marvellous Adam Stone joining us in the Senate. With a coal baron and media tart like Clive Palmer to contend with, support for us was down in Queensland. We will throw everything we have at re-building that support over the next three years. Under this environmentally bankrupt federal government and with Palmer in a scarily influential role, we will certainly have a lot to campaign on!


    Now the Abbott Government is steaming ahead with these reckless plans to wind back the role of the federal government in protecting our most precious places and wildlife. They can expect a massive fight from us Greens and the community...



    Preparation for the federal election shaped much of my work in 2012-13, particularly in the second half of this reporting period. We worked on building campaigns in all our portfolios, growing the presence of the Greens in a number of communities.

    Higher education Higher education has been a huge priority for our office and for the party more broadly. We produced materials for a nationwide O-Week presence and have followed up with ongoing campaigning. We worked closely with the National Tertiary Education Union, the National Union of Students and the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations. When the former Labor government announced in April plans to cut $2.3 billion from the higher education budget we initiated the Uni Cuts Hurt campaign.

    Democracy Shining a light on democratic processes with consistent calls for electoral funding reforms has continued. The Greens Democracy4sale campaign has been expanded to cover lobbyists. I spoke against the moves by Labor and the Coalition to shut down freedom of information (FOI) scrutiny of MP entitlements. Greens amendments were voted down in favour of a bill to exempt parliament from full FOI scrutiny.

    Women On International Womens Day we called on the then Labor government to get behind twelve priority areas to help advance womens equity. Australia needs a feisty and energetic Office for the Status of Women within the Prime Ministers department to drive change.

    Local government Christine Milne and I met with Greens local councillors at the national conference of the Australian Local Government Association where the Yes campaign for constitutional recognition of local government was a top priority. Our office has also prepared this booklet highlighting all the innovative, courageous work of Greens local councillors around the country.

    Transport Campaigning on a range of public and active transport initiatives, including High Speed Rail, light rail, and highlighting the downside of public private partnerships has been one of our priorities. The Greens are calling for the billions earmarked for motorways to be redirected into light rail and other public transport projects, cycling infrastructure and pedestrian accessibility.

    Overseas aid The Greens have been a strong and consistent voice for an increase in the overseas aid budget and in support of measures to ensure that the Australian aid programs work to alleviate poverty and protect the environment in low income countries. My bill that is currently before the Senate, if passed, would ensure that Australia meets its Millennium Development Goals

    by setting a clear target of 0.7 per cent of GNI by 2020 and establishing an Independent Commissioner on Aid Effectiveness. This work has been well received by the aid sector.

    Animal welfare With live export animal cruelty cases continuing I have regularly spoken out on animal rights. We have introduced two private members bills into the Senate and have developed associated campaigns. The initiatives are - Voice for Animals (Independent Office of Animal Welfare) Bill and Live Animal Export (Slaughter) Prohibition Bill.

    Sri Lanka Following the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harpers decision to not attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka we have stepped up the Greens work on this issue. I joined with former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, the Australian Tamil Congress and thousands of supporters to call on the federal government not to attend CHOGM in Sri Lanka, and we continue to call for an independent review of war crimes committed during the civil war.

    Forests With the ongoing failure of the federal government to protect native forests, I have regularly added the Greens voice to the call for the federal government to scrap Regional Forest Agreements and to resist moves to include the burning of native forest wood waste to generate electricity in the Large-scale Renewable Energy Target. The forestry industry is pushing hard for this to happen. I spoke about this extensively in parliament.

    As a Senator for NSW I regularly take up issues in my home state: In the Hunter I have worked with local communities to expose

    the impact of mining on the health of local residents and to stop the expansion of the coal industry which massively increases coal exports and Australias role in driving up runaway climate change.

    The Greens plans for renewable energy jobs growth has been widely promoted in regional NSW by identifying opportunities for domestic and export trade expansion.

    Working with Riverina Greens I have highlighted that as NSW is the largest upstream user in the Murray Darling Basin this state has a big responsibility to stop the damaging impacts of mining on the catchment and to lobby for increased environmental returns.

    Greens activities I am an active member of the Greens NSW visiting local and regional groups around the state and assisting in local campaigns, elections and by-elections. In association with the Greens NSW Political Education Trust I host the annual Juanita Nielsen Memorial Lecture, which I initiated in 2001.


  • From the moment I joined the Australian Senate in June 2012 after Bob Brown retired, it was game on. And the intensity only increased in 2013 with a seven month election campaign that effectively began for us on January 30th when then Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced a September election date.

    After beginning to learn how to work within the parliamentary process, and tackling the immediate issues in my portfolio areas like stopping the Supertrawler, fighting for national container deposit legislation (CDL) against the cashed-up lobbying efforts of giant multinational corporations, and building our 20 year vision for a green, dynamic, and prosperous Tasmanian economy, I then had to turn my focus towards this campaign and getting elected in my own right.

    Im proud to say Ive been elected to represent the Australian Greens and Tasmania for the next six years. This is something which I would not have been able to achieve without the grass roots efforts from Greens members and supporters.

    I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for all the hard work that has been done on the ground to help with the election. Letterboxing, doorknocking and phoning our supporters; helping out with events (especially the CDL clean-up events which received a huge amount of support); putting up posters; staffing polling booths pre-election and on polling day; talking to people on the streets; and all of those who generously donated funds to our cause. Thank you.

    Now that I have six years in the Senate, I want to do the best job possible to represent the values of the Australian Greens and the people of Tasmania. I would especially welcome feedback on our 20 year vision for a green, dynamic, and prosperous Tasmanian economy - a significant strategic effort that Im pleased we were able to complete even in the throws of my first election as a sitting MP.

    You can find the report at www.greensvision2030.com

    Thank you once again for helping achieve this election victory, paving the way for a progressive, environmentally aware Tasmania.


    I would especially welcome feedback on our 20 year vision for a green, dynamic, and prosperous Tasmanian economy...


  • 2013 2012

    INCOME $ $

    Contributions from States 1,763,395 864,069

    Donations - Cash 987,945 546,786

    Donations - In-kind - 9,823

    Green Magazine 65,404 40,886

    Federal MP Tithing 96,734 76,675

    Grants 81,819 140,853

    Meeting registrations 52,117 36,224

    Interest income 9,327 15,156

    Other Income 14,009 5,173

    TOTAL INCOME 3,070,750 1,735,645

    EXPENSES $ $

    Accommodation and Utilities 38,023 28,776

    Administration 23,626 23,783

    Advertising and Campaign Materials 387,726 101,866

    Consultants fees 15,166 31,144

    Contributions to other activities 123,125 63,915

    Fundraising allocations to States 618,981 267,169

    Fundraising expenses 105,849 131,963

    Green Magazine 57,030 32,069

    Market Research 212,877 26,980

    Meetings & Events 82,259 47,376

    Other Operating Costs 24,119 31,513

    Staffing Costs 699,665 524,114

    Travel and Accommodation 49,580 160,806

    Website and database hosting and support 122,262 38,506

    TOTAL EXPENSES 2,560,288 1,509,980


    Less Income Tax Expense - -

    NET SURPLUS AFTER INCOME TAX 510,462 225,665


    PLEASE NOTE: These financial reports are extracts from the 2012-2013 audited report of the Australian Greens. Please contact the office if you would like a copy of the full report.


  • 2013 2012



    Cash and cash equivalents 439,838 490,247

    Accounts receivable and other debtors 1,087,165 213,103

    Other current assets 9,560 6,296

    TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 1,536,563 709,646


    Property, plant and equipment 10,373 7,516


    TOTAL ASSETS 1,546,936 717,162


    Accounts payable and other payables 497,246 191,437

    Employee Provisions 86,922 72,791

    Other liabilities 2,675 3,303


    TOTAL LIABILITIES 586,843 267,531

    NET ASSETS 960,093 449,631


    Retained earnings 464,937 401,642

    Reserves 495,156 47,989

    TOTAL EQUITY 960,093 449,631


    PLEASE NOTE: These financial reports are extracts from the 2012-2013 audited report of the Australian Greens. Please contact the office if you would like a copy of the full report.


  • 2013 2012


    Receipts from Members & Supporters 2,455,436 1,506,854

    Interest Received 9,327 15,156

    GST Paid to or Refunded by ATO -15,088 28,085

    Payments to Suppliers & Employees -2,492,351 -1,490,238

    Net cash provided by operating activities -42,676 59,857


    Purchase of property, plant and equipment -7,733 -4,404

    Net cash used by investing activities -7,733 -4,404

    NET CHANGE IN CASH HELD -50,409 55,453


    CASH AT END OF FINANCIAL YEAR 439,838 490,247


    PLEASE NOTE: These financial reports are extracts from the 2012-2013 audited report of the Australian Greens. Please contact the office if you would like a copy of the full report.


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