I’m taking this one straight off the immediate press release as published in The Age:
Bob Brown has resigned as leader of the Australian Greens. He will also resign from the Senate.
Senator Brown made the shock announcement to his Greens Party colleagues this morning.
“I am sad to leave but happy to go. It is good knowing that the Greens have such a depth of talent and experience lined up for leadership – I could only dream about that a decade ago,” Senator Brown said in a statement.
“It is prime time to hand over the reins.”
Senator Brown has been a senator for 16 years. He has lead the Australian Greens since the party formed in 1992, seeing the party’s vote grow to double figures.
Senator Brown is due to address the media in Canberra at midday.