Senator Milne says Greens no longer chasing the rural vote

Senator Christine Milne
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AFTER spending much of the past year touting the Greens' rural credentials, Senator Christine Milne has signalled the party is backing away from its drive for regional votes.

But after an address to the National Press Club in Canberra on Tuesday, the Greens Leader made the first substantial comment that the party's election battle would instead focus on inner city electorates.

After being asked about the party's election strategy, Senator Milne said the party would particularly be focussing on winning back Melbourne MP Adam Bandt's seat.

She said the party would "focus on the inner city seats around the country where we think we can improve our vote", rather than the regional areas it has been increasingly trying to garner support.

In April last year, Senator Milne went on a "regional listening tour", canvassing the views of people in rural and regional areas across the nation.

At the time, Senator Milne said the party was dedicated to a "flourishing regional Australia", with other Greens senators visiting areas including the Darling Downs and Liverpool Plains.

"I'm hugely looking forward to travelling around regional Australia as one of the first things I do as Leader of the Greens," she said, not long after taking the leadership reins.

"I want to hear from people about their concerns, what they need from us, what we can do for them and how we can best represent them."

In July last year, Senator Milne also gave an address to the Rural Press Club of Victoria, on "building the relationship between the Greens and regional Australia".

The Greens website still maintains a campaign link on Regional Australia, saying the Greens want the regions to become a powerhouse of innovation.

Topics:  christine milne election greens politics regional australia rural

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