The Tasmanian Greens have announced their candidates for the upcoming federal election in what the party called the most consequential election in Australian history.
On Sunday morning at the East Launceston Bowls Club, senator Peter Whish-Wilson announced the Greens would run eight candidates in election with five in the House of Representatives and three in the Senate.
Mr Whish-Wilson said three of the candidates for the lower house would need to quit their jobs to run due to a conflict of interest.
"Three of our eight candidates here today will have to quit their job when the federal election is called because of section 44 concerns, because they work for the Commonwealth or there is public money associated with their employment," he said.
Mr Whish-Wilson conceded it was unlikely the party would win the seats of Clark, Braddon and Lyons - pointing to strong opposition support - but explained with preferences in the election likely to determine the next government - running a candidate was essential.
"Greens preferences are very likely to dictate the outcome of this election. This will be a very close election, possibly a one or two-seat majority," he said.
Mr Whish-Wilson said the candidates were the most diverse in the party's history and represented all Tasmanians.
"We have a computer programmer, we have a counsellor, we have a small business owner, we have an environmental consultant, we have a lawyer, and of course we have a doctor," he said.
The three seats in the Senate will be contested by Vanessa Bleyer and Tabatha Badger with Mr Whish-Wilson also up for re-election.
Environmental lawyer, Ms Bleyer said she was running for the Senate to halt environmental laws being changed to undermine legal outcomes.
"Through my 20 years experience I've had enough of seeing wins in the court, only to have legislative changes made so that the environment can't win again," she said.
Candidate for the seat of Clark, Janet Shelley was one of the candidates who would stand down from her job in order to run in the election.
She said she made the decision to run for a seat in the lower house because she believed the Greens were the only party that was transparent and accountable.
Darren Briggs has been announced as the candidate for Braddon, with Jade Darko in Franklin, Cecile Rosol in Bass and Liz Johnstone the candidate for Lyons.
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