A quick introduction
The Queensland Greens is made up of many branches with two groups the rural & regional greens and the Queensland Young Greens all coordinated by State Council (see the detailed overview below). There is also a state executive and various committees and working groups, also explained below. The Queensland Greens is governed by its charter, constitution and bylaws which together set out the principles and philosophy of the Greens - you can access these documents via these links.
When you apply to join the Greens you are signing up to the Queensland Greens. We are part of a federation of Greens parties. see Branches for more information about the process of membership.
We exist to campaign and to have Greens candidates and sitting members of parliament re-elected so that our forms of government are fair, equitable, and hold to the Greens values and principles.
A detailed overview
The Global Greens
The Australian Greens are members of the Global Greens, the worldwide network of Green parties and political movements, spanning continents and countries from Mongolia to Brazil and from New Zealand to Finland. We are united by our Global Greens Charter, adopted at the Global Greens 2001 conference in Canberra. The Charter sets out the values we hold in common -- ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, nonviolence, sustainability and respect for diversity. At the beginning of the 21st century, we are the only global political movement, working with optimism and friendship 'to affirm our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations' (www.globalgreens.org).
The Australian Greens
The Australian Greens is a confederation of both State and Territory-based Greens parties. The Queensland Greens joined the confederation in 1991. This was a step towards a National Greens party and since WA joined the federation in 2004 along with NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC, ACT, SA, and NT, we now have a truly Australia-wide party (www.greens.org.au).
The Queensland Greens State Council
The general State-wide coordination of the party is carried out by our State Council. State Council is composed of delegates elected by branch members, and is directly responsible to the party membership. It currently consists of:
- Office Bearers - Convenor, Deputy Convenor, Secretary & Treasurer, elected annually by all members by postal ballot;
- Delegates from local groups or electorate branches
- General Representatives - elected annually at the State Conference;
- Any elected Queensland Greens members of the federal parliament; and
- Any elected Queensland Greens members of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
State Council normally meets at least quarterly on a weekend, and all party members are welcome to attend as observers, and need to seek the permission of the floor to speak. It is the highest level of decision-making responsibility within the party. Details of venue, time and agenda items are publicised in the ebulletin or by emailing the firstname.lastname@example.org. As at all levels of the party's structure, decisions are made by consensus, though if consensus cannot be reached in a reasonable time, the matter may be moved to be made by a vote is taken by State Council.
A management committee of State Council, (ManCom) meets more regularly to take care of administration. It is delegated the same decision-making powers as State Council, with the exception of policy formulation, and is ultimately responsible to State Council.
Working Groups & Committees
A number of working groups and committees have been set up by State Council to coordinate the party's work in a number of specific areas. Some are ongoing groups, while some are short-term groups, and other working groups may be set up as needed. They all make recommendations and are responsible to State Council. For more information about these groups, please contact the State office on 07 3357 8458.
Consensus decision making
Decisions at all Greens party meetings are made primarily by consensus and a serious attempt at all times is made towards achieving consensus. Sufficient time is generally given for discussion of different views, including provision for non-decision making meetings. If after a reasonable period of time, disagreement persists and a decision cannot be deferred, the issue is resolved by vote - except where our state constitution requires a decision to be made by consensus only.
Party meetings are generally open to all Greens party members and invited members of the general public (except when dealing with sensitive topics like election strategy and disputes).
Branches are the real engine-room of the Queensland Greens, and the entry-point for members to all other structures. They are where new applicant members first meet other Greens, have their membership application ratified entitling them to the privileges of full membership, talk politics and policy, get involved in local campaigning and fundraising, and find out about what else is going on.
Most branches are based on state government areas but in areas with less members they may be based on a Federal electorate or another boundary. Every Green living within a branch boundary is by default a member of their local branch, unless they notify the Membership Officer (email@example.com) that they would prefer to be in another branch (e.g. one they were originally in, but then moved house, or one closer to their workplace than their home). The membership officer then notifies the active branch and that branch will invite you to their meeting and ratify you as a member of that branch. Contacts for each of our branches are available on this website at the branches page.
As a new member you should be contacted by your local branch and invited to a meeting. If that doesn't happen quickly enough for you (usually branch convenors and secretaries are very busy people, and sometimes they go on holidays etc) please feel free to ring or email the state office on 07 3173 1127 or firstname.lastname@example.org and ask what branch you're in and how to contact them. Alternatively, you can look them up yourself on the branches page.