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Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale hints at supporting a Labor-Greens Coalition -

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JOHN BARRON, PRESENTER: At a recent Press Club speech, Greens leader Richard Di Natale pledged to work with the new Turnbull Government in a spirit of cooperation, but it was almost back to the future for the Greens today when he flirted with the idea of Labor-Greens coalition. Mr Di Natale told Fairfax Media that he would be open to serving as a Cabinet minister in a future Labor government. It was purely hypothetical and with Malcolm Turnbull riding high in the polls perhaps pure fantasy as well, in 2010 Julia Gillard signed an agreement with the Greens to secure her prime ministership but it drew relentless attacks from Tony Abbott and the Coalition. In a moment, to answer whether he is getting a little bit ahead of himself, we will speak to the Greens leader, but first let's take a look at the Greens' evolution over the last few years.


I and Wayne Swan signed on behalf of the Australian Labor Party and agreement with the Australian Greens.

TONY ABBOTT, FORMER PRIME MINISTER: There is the Liberal National Coalition that people are familiar with. There is now the Labor-Green coalition. Only one of those Coalitions will be good for regional Australia.

ABC REPORTER: Bob Brown led the Greens from the wilderness to the corridors of power. He has been contemplating his future since the last election, but the dramatic decision still shocked his party and rocked the Parliament.

BOB BROWN: It's a little bit like the butterfly coming out of the cocoon. While I'm sad to be leaving I'm also happy to go, and I have other things that I want to do.

CHRISTINE MILNE, FORMER GREENS LEADER: Voting Green is double-value voting. Not only does it return the Greens, but it stops Tony Abbott getting absolute power in the Federal Parliament.


ABC REPORTER: From the old guard...

CHRISTINE MILNE: I'm standing down as the Leader of the Australian Greens.

ABC REPORTER: the new.

RICHARD DI NATALE, GREENS LEADER: I'm in this business to get outcomes. I just want to get stuff done. Our membership is growing, we are picking up Lower House seats at a State level right across the country, our vote amongst young people is starting to match it with the major parties, and the issues of the 21st Century are green issues.