In 2012 the APSA conference was hosted by the University of Tasmania in Hobart where the EPP Group sponsored a Special Panel: Sharing Power with Minority Governments: The Australian Greens. This panel explored the trials, tribulations and achievements of power sharing by the Greens in Australia. It took the form of a critical conversation with the leaders of the Australian, Tasmanian and ACT Greens, all of whom were in a power sharing arrangement with a minority Labor government, with expert commentary from two leading researchers on green parties in Australia.
- Senator Christine Milne, Leader of the Australian Greens
- Meredith Hunter, Leader of the ACT Greens
- Nick McKim, Leader of the Tasmanian Greens and Australia’s first Green minister
- Narelle Miragliotta, School of Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University
- Kate Crowley, School of Government, University of Tasmania
- Robyn Eckersley, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne.
There are also book launches before and after the Special Panel
- 12.45-1pm: Launch by Senator Christine Milne of Verity Burgmann’s Climate Politics and the Climate Movement in Australia
- 2-2.15pm: Launch by Pete Hay of Kate Crowley’s Green Minority Government: the Liberal Green Experience in Tasmania
There was also a pre-conference Round Table on Current Issues and Future Directions in the Discipline (5.15-7pm Sunday 23 September 2012, at the School of Art at the University of Tasmania on Hobart’s waterfront). This session included the AGM, the announcement of the Pete Hay Environmental Politics Prize and discussions on current research and teaching practices.