Senator sparks Greens leadership row
GREENS senator Lee Rhiannon has hit out at Richard Di Natale’s leadership as the party looks to reform the way it works with its NSW arm.
But one of her colleagues has come out in support of the leader, describing him as honest and decent.
“I’m proud of the job @ RichardDiNatale is doing,” codeputy leader Larissa Waters tweeted yesterday, saying he was putting policy before politics. Senator Waters was responding to Senator Rhiannon’s earlier claim she was disappointed in Senator Di Natale.
It follows a decision by the party room to exclude the NSW senator from discussion on contentious legislation after a rift emerged over her campaigning on schools funding.
“You need to lead for everybody and it is not just me locked out of the party room, the Greens NSW members no longer have a voice in the party room,” she told ABC TV yesterday.
Senator Rhiannon also said it was time to make the party more democratic and for members to have a vote for the leader.
She said the party needed to be more member driven and focus on global issues, such as inequality and homelessness.