Christine Milne, Ambassador

Christine Milne has dedicated her life to transforming the relationships people have with the planet and with each other.

She has been a tireless advocate for the protection of nature, and became the first woman to lead a political party in Tasmania in 1993. She was elected to the Australian Senate in 2004 and went on to become the first woman leader of the Australian Greens in the Australian Parliament in 2012.

She is extremely proud of the work she carried out in the Australian Senate on alien invasive species and departmental responses to threats and incursions. Christine involved herself in the Senate’s work on fire ants, yellow crazy ants, myrtle rust, Asian honey bees and citrus canker, and drove an increased focus on impacts on the natural environment as well as primary industry.

In 2018 Christine was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Australian and Tasmanian parliaments, and through domestic and global contributions to the protection and preservation of the natural environment.

As an ambassador for the Invasive Species Council Christine will help raise the profile of the ecological disasters being driven by invasive species and work for increased funding and national action. She will also use her experience and international networks to pursue a more integrated Asia Pacific regional and global response.