Richard Di Natale resigns as Greens leader

Richard Di Natale has resigned as leader of the Greens on the eve of federal parliament returning for the year.

The Senator made the announcement in an emotional video on Facebook on Monday morning.

https://www.facebook.com/senatordinatale/videos/2284731435160336/


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“Stepping down as Greens Leader is not a decision I’ve come to lightly. It has been a privilege to fight every day for the values that millions of Australians care so deeply about. However, it is a decision I feel I have to take,” Senator Di Natale said in the video.

“The bearpit of politics can take a personal toll but we are all willing volunteers in our respective roles. Our families – on the other hand – are conscripted to the cause.

“My boys are 9 and 11 years old now and they have only ever known their dad as a busy, tired, and sometimes grumpy politician. As they grow up quickly, I want to spend more time by their side than a relentless political schedule allows.

“I don’t know what’s next for me but I intend to continue to make a positive contribution to the issues I’ve been passionate about my entire life. What I do know is that I’ll be spending more time on the farm with Lucy and our boys. They’ve been absolute heroes these past ten years.”

The announcement immediately spills his position as leader and those of co-deputies Adam Bandt and Larissa Waters.

The 10-member Greens party room will vote for a new leadership team on Tuesday.