ONE of the chief architects of the carbon tax, Greens Leader Bob Brown, will pull the pin on his political career just as the unpopular climate change policy he demanded begins slugging households across the country.
Mr Brown yesterday shocked national politics by resigning as leader of the minority government partner – throwing the future of his party into doubt.
Former deputy and Tasmanian Senator Christine Milne emerged as politics’ new power player after being unanimously elected as the new leader of the Greens.
The party’s single key lower house crossbencher, Melbourne MP Adam Bandt, won the deputy role over Sarah Hanson-Young and Scott Ludlam.
The resignation, which will see Mr Brown leave the Senate in June, comes after he rose to be one of the most influential and divisive figures in the country under the hung parliament, overhauling key policies of the Labor government with the Greens vote at record highs.