Former Tasmanian Greens MP and leader Nick McKim says he is honoured and excited to have been confirmed today as the Greens' new Senator for Tasmania.
"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," Senator McKim said.
"However, this is a really exciting time for the Greens and I can't wait to join our strong team in Canberra to get stuck into my new role.
"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.
"Global warming presents a huge public policy challenge, but also a major opportunity.
"I can't wait to play a role in highlighting the massive transformational opportunities for Australia in emerging technologies, renewable energy, entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing, science and research, transport, urban planning, robotics and localised production.
"Tasmania is a small, intimate, environmentally conscious and highly connected community, with a developing global brand. We're superbly placed to play a leadership role in this transformation.
"I'm also looking forward to continuing my long support for marriage equality, which began when I first tabled legislation in the Tasmanian parliament back in 2005," said Senator McKim.