Greens leader Senator Christine Milne has announced the end of the formal alliance between Labor and the Greens, but pledged to continue to vote against no confidence motions and for supply bills in order for the parliament to continue until election day.
Directly challenging Labor's election pitch that it stands for ''fairness'', Senator Milne accused the Gillard government of ''walking away from its agreement with the greens and into the arms of the big miners''.
''By choosing the big miners the Labor government is no longer honouring our agreement to work together to promote transparent and accountable government, the public interest or to address climate change,'' she told the National Press Club.
''Labor's priorities lie with powerful mining interests not with the people and the Greens.''
Senator Milne said the Greens were proud of the clean energy package implementing the carbon price, the start of a national Denticare scheme and the introduction of a Parliamentary Budget Office, but attacked Labor for allowing mining in the Tasmanian Tarkine wilderness and for reducing payments to single mothers.
She promised to ''deliver confidence and supply until the Parliament rises for the election'' saying the Greens ''will not add to the instability Labor creates every day for itself''.
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