Nick McKim has been sworn in this morning as the Australian Greens' new Senator for Tasmania, replacing former leader Christine Milne.
"I'm honoured and excited to have been sworn in today as the Greens' new Senator for Tasmania," said Senator McKim.
"I become a Senator at a tough time for our country, with a dysfunctional government that is governing for itself and not for the Australian people, but a really exciting time for the Greens.
"I pay tribute to Christine Milne - someone who I admire greatly. She has made a massive contribution to our country, to Tasmania and to the Greens. She leaves big shoes to fill, but I will give it everything I've got.
"I will be a strong voice on the national stage for Tasmania, a place that I love dearly.
"I will stand up for Tasmania's wild places, our magnificent carbon rich forests, our spectacular coastline, our renewable energy advantage, and our agriculture, science, creative and tourism sectors.
"Tasmania can be a beacon for the rest of the world, using our competitive advantages to show how we can live prosperously, sustainably and respectfully in harmony with the ecological systems that ultimately underpin everything we do."
Greens Leader Richard Di Natale welcomed Senator McKim at the Senate doors this morning, saying:
"I'm thrilled to have Nick joining our team in Canberra. I can't speak highly enough of Nick - he brings a lot of experience with him.
"To have a former Minister in a state government join us is a big coup. His passion and experience will be an asset to this Parliament, and to the community.
"There's so much gloom inside the Parliament at the moment. There's a vacuum of leadership, it's our job to fill it, and we're doing that. It's an exciting time to be a Green."
Fellow Greens Senator for Tasmania, Peter Whish-Wilson has welcomed Senator McKim.
"I can't wait to start working together with Nick in the Senate to stand up for Tasmania and stand up for the amazing Tasmanian environment," said Senator Whish-Wilson.
"Together, Nick and I will be standing strong to defend the future prosperity of Tasmania against those who want to tear down our natural advantages of clean energy, clean water and incredible wilderness."