‘Exactly what politics in Australia needs’: Lidia Thorpe to be next Greens senator for Victoria

The Australian Greens have picked Lidia Thorpe as their new senator to replace former federal leader Richard Di Natale, who has retired from politics.

The Gunnai-Kurnai/Gunditjmara woman was named as the new federal Greens senator for Victoria, following a state-wide ballot of its members.

  • Timna Jacks
  • The Age

Members pre-selected Ms Thorpe with what the party says was a historic 65 per cent voter turnout.

She won the two-party preferred vote with the backing of 58 per cent of 2342 voters, while another favourite, human rights barrister Julian Burnside had 42 per cent of the vote.

Ms Thorpe — who…

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