Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne is congratulating fellow Tasmanian Rodney Croome on his courageous and persistent activism for gay rights and his long overdue recognition this Australia Day as Tasmania's Australian of the Year.
"I'm incredibly proud of Rodney, who has worked tirelessly for decades to end discrimination," said Senator Milne.
"Rodney and I worked together on my Private Member's Bill in the Tasmanian Parliament in 1997, which took Tasmania from having the worst anti-gay laws in Australia to having the most progressive of the time.
"Rodney withstood quite shocking abuse and personal vilification in the early years. The vicious campaigns against him and other supporters of gay law reform are still fresh in my mind.
"I remain inspired by the courage and resilience Rodney and others demonstrated.
"Rodney's national recognition this Australia Day is also an important signal that Australians want the Abbott government to end discrimination.
"This is the year we should have marriage equality in Australia," said Senator Milne.
"I'm so glad Rodney's courage and persistence is being celebrated.
"I congratulate all the winners this weekend. They are an outstanding, inspiring group of Australians."