I was elected on 11 June to fill a casual vacancy in the position of State Convenor of the Australian Greens Victoria. The election, in which over 900 members voted, was conducted by the returning officers. Neither I nor any other member had any influence over the conduct of the election.

The position of the Australian Greens, nationally and here in Victoria, is clear: Trans rights are non-negotiable. All trans and gender diverse people are valid and deserve to live their lives free from harassment and discrimination. The role of the Convenor is to advance all Greens policies, and I will do so.

As Convenor, I will uphold and fight for the right of trans and gender diverse people to live their authentic lives free from harassment and discrimination, just as I will fight for the rights of First Nations people, women, refugees, gay and lesbian people, people with disabilities, and people of colour. The Greens are committed to genuine social justice - a commitment I embrace wholeheartedly.

I appreciate the trust that AGV members have shown in me by electing me as Convenor, and I look forward to working alongside my fellow members, including trans and gender diverse members to build an effective, inclusive and powerful movement.

Linda Gale

State Convenor
Australian Greens Victoria