Senator Peter Whish-Wilson comments on the retirement of Tasmanian Greens Leader Kim Booth MP.
“Today the Greens and the Tasmanian people have seen another true and tireless champion of the environment and integrity in Government retire from parliamentary life.
“Today’s retirement is leadership by example, demonstrating to all parties and the Tasmanian people the need for political renewal and rejuvenation in our parliament.
“It is often overlooked that Kim Booth came to parliament as someone who had invested his life savings in employing timber workers and creating wealth from our forestry industry.
“He was disgusted with the cronyism around Government and the Tasmanian forestry industry and campaigned relentlessly to put the timber industry on a financially and environmentally sustainable footing.
“His approach to working with saw millers around the state promoting his ‘more jobs less logs’ policy at the 2014 State election, was a perfect example of his constructive approach to politics and providing solutions.
"Kim has been a friend and mentor to me for years, and I was proud to run in the Windermere Legislative Council campaign in 2009 and then on his state election ticket in 2010 to help him get elected.
“He will be missed by many but I am confident we have new talent emerging in the Greens who will continue his decade long work for a new Green economy, political integrity and our biggest asset - a healthy environment.