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Australian Greens
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Political ideology:green politics
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The Australian Greens is the national Greens party in Australia. It was formed as a coalition of the various state Greens parties, although the Greens (Western Australia) preserved a separate identity for some time. At the federal level there are two Greens in the Australian Senate (Senators Bob Brown and Kerry Nettle) and one MP in the Australian House of Representatives (Michael Organ), who was elected at a by-election in 2002. The Australian Greens do not have a formal leadership, but Senator Bob Brown of Tasmania is treated in the media as the party's leader.

Currently there are Green members in the parliaments of New South Wales (2), Western Australia (5), Tasmania (4) and the Australian Capital Territory (2). The Greens have gained some support since 2001 at the expense of the Australian Democrats and to some extent the Australian Labor Party.

On 23 October 2003 Brown and Nettle were suspended from the Parliament for 24 hours when they interjected during an address by the visiting President of the United States, George W. Bush.

Although the Greens see themselves as representing a "new politics" which is distinct from the traditional categories of "left" and "right", they are seen by many Australians as a "left-wing" or radical party, and have become the party which attracts most of the left-wing vote. At the 2001 federal election, many left-wing supporters of the Australian Labor Party, including many party members, voted for the Greens as a protest against their own party's policies on asylum seekers.

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