AUSTRALIAN Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt has again tried to hose down speculation he was asked to take over the party's top job.
In a show of unity, Mr Bandt appeared with Greens leader Christine Milne in Hobart yesterday as the party prepares to do battle with the federal government.
While Mr Bandt denied seeking the leadership, he did not deny being approached by party members about running for the Greens' top job.
``I did not seek the leadership and I've been very, very clear about that,'' Mr Bandt said yesterday.
``I'm not going to continue the commentary about this because I think people are jumping at shadows.
``We are strong, united leadership team.''
Senator Milne said despite a large drop in the party's primary vote, the party was united and reports of internal tensions had been exaggerated.
``The only tension between [Mr Bandt and I] was I supported Hawthorn on Saturday,'' she said.
``I don't resile from the fact we've lost a substantial amount of the primary vote . . . I certainly concede that our polling needs to improve and I've said that overwhelmingly.''
A routine post-election spill of party positions last week saw Senator Milne returned unopposed as leader and Mr Bandt continue unopposed as deputy.
It was speculated at the weekend that South Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young made a push for the deputy leadership, with Mr Bandt to take over from Senator Milne.
Senator Milne has brushed aside any suggestion her position is under threat, refusing to say whether Senator Hanson-Young was disciplined over the move.
``Sarah has said yesterday that she supports the leadership team,'' Senator Milne said.
``I think that's all to be said about it.
``What we're here to do is take it right up to the Abbott government.''
Senator Milne did not offer support for a Labor-style grassroots leadership ballot for Greens members, saying she would consider the move if it was proposed by Greens members through formal processes.
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