It was a bleak, wet winter's day for the launch of the Greens' national campaign yesterday at what Canberra is proud to call its 'National Convention Centre'.

The centre boasts a 'Royal Theatre', a 'ballroom' and an 'exhibition hall', but the Greens had instead booked the rather smaller 'Menzies Theatrette', into which a couple of hundred Greens supporters tried to squeeze, unsuccessfully. MC was ACT Greens candidate Lyn Hatfield Dodds; after the requisite Welcome to Country and a song by NT Senate candidate Warren H. Williams (a balladic Great Southern Land, the highlight of the event), Bob Brown -- the Menzies of the Greens, I guess -- was enthusiastically introduced to the mostly over-50 audience.