AUSVEG, the Peak Industry Body for 9,000 of Australia’s vegetable and potato growers, has congratulated Senator Christine Milne on her election as Leader of the Australian Greens.

“The appointment of Senator Milne as the Leader of the Australian Greens is a commendable decision and AUSVEG looks forward to working closely with Senator Milne,” said AUSVEG CEO, Richard Mulcahy.
“Senator Milne has always shown a high level of awareness of the needs of Australia’s growers and has shown a comprehensive understanding of the issues faced by those in regional and rural areas,” said Mr Mulcahy.
“AUSVEG has worked closely with Senator Milne in her role as Deputy Leader of the Greens and we look forward to building on an already strongly forged relationship with the Leader,” said Mr Mulcahy.
Bob Brown resigned as Leader of the Australian Greens after 16 years in parliament and Senator Milne was unanimously endorsed by Greens colleagues to take on the role at a party room meeting earlier today.
“Senator Milne is across pertinent issues surrounding the horticulture industry, such as Country of Origin Labelling and biosecurity, and through past dealings with AUSVEG has shown a deep understanding and appreciation of the challenges facing growers,” said Mr Mulcahy.
AUSVEG looks forward to working with Senator Milne in her new role and welcomes her as a guest speaker at the AUSVEG National Convention being held in Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart, from 10-12 May 2012.
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