Our story

The Tasmanian Greens are a political party based on principles of Ecology, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy and Peace. We are part of the Australian Greens and the global Green movement. 

The Tasmanian Greens are a much-needed compassionate voice in politics.

We are a grass-roots political party which means our members form the crux of the party when it comes to developing policy and making decisions. All decisions are made on a consensus basis through our branches and state and national conferences.

Our Charter defines the principles and aims of the Party. Our Constitution defines the principles and the rules governing the conduct of the Party.

Green politics first emerged in Tasmania in 1972 with the establishment of the United Tasmania Group, the world's first Green party, which evolved to become the Tasmanian Greens.

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The Greens are a real alternative to the tired, cynical politics of Labor and the Liberals

Unlike the two old parties, the Greens have a proud history of standing up for what is right, not just what is easy or what polls well. Over the course of the last four decades, the Greens have become the third force in Australian politics. Across Australia there are currently Greens representing you at every level of government: nine Greens Senators and one MP in the Federal Parliament, 24 Greens Members in State Parliaments and more than 100 Greens councillors (including several Mayors and Deputy Mayors) working in local communities across the country.

The Greens are much more than an environmental party.  While promoting meaningful and smart solutions to ensure future generations of Australians have clean air, clean water and clean soil – the Greens are also working in many other areas to champion integrity, decency and fairness.

As well as representing constituents, the Greens speak on behalf of those who wouldn’t otherwise get much of a say inside parliament: children, refugees, students, individuals and families living in poverty and, of course, our natural environment.

The Australian Greens are also part of the Global Greens network, which includes around 70 Greens parties established worldwide. Find out more about the Global Greens at www.globalgreens.org

 

Our core beliefs

Ecological sustainability

Good economic management means taking care of our earth - not treating our most precious resources like a giant business in liquidation: ‘everything must go!’.  The levels of pollution in our atmosphere mean that business-as-usual will no longer work if we want to avoid dangerous climate change. The future for Australia can still be a prosperous one if we build our economy on green principles rather than short-term self-interest.

 

Grassroots participatory democracy

Real progress comes when enough people believe it is possible to make a difference and decide to do something about it. All Greens members and supporters are driven by the desire to work towards a better Australia. In contrast to the two major parties, which are run by executives in head office, the Greens involve members in key decisions and our campaigns are powered by thousands of ordinary people volunteering their time, skills and support.

 

Social justice

Many of the social problems we have today – crime, discrimination, disease, poverty – could be dramatically improved if we focus on eliminating extreme inequality in Australia and across the world. The Greens believe that it should be the priority of all governments to alleviate poverty and to extend opportunity to all members of society.

 

Peace and non-violence

Australia’s foreign policy should be based on dialogue, diplomacy and cooperation, not aggression. Trying to prevent or counter violence with violence itself will not work. The Greens are committed to peaceful and non-violent solutions locally, nationally and internationally.