Gillard calmly bids farewell to Greens

Senator Christine Milne’s decision to call off her party’s coalition with the government did not take PM Julia Gillard by surprise. Senator Milne made the announcement on Tuesday after slamming Labor for breaching a deal signed in return for its support after the hung parliament in 2010.

Ms Gillard said: “The Greens party is fundamentally a party that would prefer to complain about things than get solutions. I said sort of thanks, righto’ and that was it… I did always anticipate that they would revert to type and they’ve done so.”

According to Sydney MP Ed Husic, Senator Milne’s speech was an uncanny attempt to save two Greens MPs – Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Adam Bandt – from electoral defeat.

MP Husic said: “I think someone failed to install an energy efficient globe somewhere and they decided that that was the end of the deal. This is about them just trying to find a way to save two of their members that

are in very tough fights.”

Similar to Ms Gillard’s response, Climate Change Minister Greg Combet also claims that Senator Milne’s announcement did not surprise or shake him.

“The fact is, of course, Labor is the party that historically has done all of the major environmental reforms. Labor has always got on with the business and the Greens have done a lot of talking,” said Combet.

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