Se­na­tor sparks Greens lead­er­ship row

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

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.

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