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MS Australia welcomes new Greens Leader

The Australian Greens Party
6 May 2015

MS Australia welcomes the elevation of Richard Di Natale to the position of Leader of the Greens in the Commonwealth Parliament.

MS Australia CEO Debra Cerasa said "MS Australia has always enjoyed a progressive and productive relationship with the Australian Greens. We are especially welcoming of a medical professional to this crucial role."

"We note the new leader has indicated his intention to lead a party of "mainstream, progressive values" that is guided by a scientific and non-dogmatic approach to policy. 

"This is a welcome development. People with MS are reliant on law makers understanding both the challenges that people with MS face on a daily basis and the opportunities that scientific and medical research offers for improving their quality of life.

"The medical profession acutely understands this. As such a professional the new Leader brings crucial understandings and insights to this leadership role."

"MS is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system with over 23,000 people living with the disease in Australia and more than two million diagnosed worldwide. There is currently no known cure for MS however there are several treatment options available to help manage symptoms.

"We congratulate Richard Di Natale and look forward to a continued close and professional relationship with the Australian Greens.

"And we recognise outgoing Leader Christine Milne for her contribution to public life. Over two decades in public life is a marvellous achievement," Ms Cerasa said.