The first round of voting resulted in a tie between Senator McKim and two other nominees, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator Mehreen Faruqi.
Senator Hanson-Young announced her candidacy shortly before the meeting, tweeting: “I think Adam, Larissa and I would make a great team”.
Senator Faruqi wanted to use a leadership position to advocate for “improving party democracy”. She is among those in the Greens pushing for the direct election of the leadership by members, and has made veiled comments, criticising the process to replace Senator Di Natale.
“While I’m disappointed by the result, I’m excited to continue our movements’ work with members and supporters … Together we can realise the radical change we need for social and environmental justice!” Senator Faruqi tweeted shortly after the party room meeting.
In a statement released after his election, Mr Bandt renewed the Greens’ calls for a government-led Green New Deal to deal with climate change, jobs and inequality.
“We are in the middle of a climate emergency and long-running jobs and inequality crises. People are angry and anxious because the government has no plan for the big problems facing the country.
“That is why Australia needs a Green New Deal,” he said.
He also called on young Australians to join the party “so together we can fight to save the future”.
Senator Di Natale surprised the party room on Monday when he announced he was resigning to spend more time with his young family.
More to come.