United Tasmania Group

Birth of the world's first Green PartyOn 23 March 1972 the world’s first green party, the United Tasmania Group (UTG), emerged at a meeting in the Hobart Town Hall.

Prompted by the impending loss of Lake Pedder, people flooded into the Town Hall to vent their frustration.

Chair and future president of the UTG, Dick Jones, put up a motion to form the new political party, only to face uproar when Hydro-Electric Commission workers tried to shout it down.

Dick insisted on a show of hands, the vote was taken, and the rest is history.

To commemorate this historic event and to honour the vision shown by the pioneers of today’s Green movement, national and international speakers will appear in Hobart Town Hall on 23 March every year to deliver this Green Oration.

Green Oration