Nick McKim

Senator for Tasmania

 

In 2005 Nick was the first person to introduce marriage equality legislation into any Australian parliament.

In 2010 he became Australia’s first Greens Minister, holding portfolios including Education and Skills, Corrections and Consumer Protection, Sustainable Transport and Climate Change.

The four years of cooperative government between 2010 and 2014 saw the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage extended by over 170 000 hectares, including iconic forests like the Styx and the Florentine.

As Minister, Nick significantly increased funding for Tasmania’s public schools, helped improve literacy and numeracy outcomes, created the Professional Learning Institute to support teachers, set up TasTAFE, opened Tasmania's Sustainability Learning Centre, reformed the prison system, and introduced new public transport services in urban and regional Tasmania.