Was she the real winner? ... Senator Christine Milne was vocal during last night's election debate.
She may not have been invited, but Greens leader Christine Milne made her views known during the leaders’ debate last night.
While Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott squared off at the National Press Club, the senator took to twitter and injected Greens policy into the online discussion.
Her comments - in which she slammed both leaders and said they "can't be trusted" - received hundreds of retweets throughout the evening, across policy issues such as climate change, refugees and the budget.
The issue of marriage equality also drew some fiery commentary from the senator, firstly in response to Mr Abbott's description of same-sex marriage as “important” but not the Coalition's top priority.
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Senator Milne also criticised the Labor leader, despite Mr Rudd’s intentions to introduce a bill to legalise marriage equality within the first 100 days of a re-elected government.
Tweeting to her almost 26,000 followers and the thousands more following the #debate and #ausvotes hashtags, the Greens leader also condemned the pair’s comments on asylum seekers.
While Mr Rudd described asylum seekers as a “difficult question” for Australia and Mr Abbott declared the Coalition had “invented offshore processing”, the senator described their policies as cruel and shameful in a post retweeted more than 130 times.
Unsurprisingly, Senator Milne also weighed in on climate policies, describing the Prime Minister as a hypocrite.
The Opposition Leader was also labelled a climate sceptic.
She also stated that neither could be trusted to address global warming.
While there is no confirmation as to whether the Greens leader would be invited to take part in the next debate, there was some support for the idea online.
Senator Milne was one of the thousands who sent about 75,000 tweets during the one-hour leadership debate.
About 1200 tweets per minute were sent as the debate kicked off just after 6.30pm, jumping to 1517 tweets per minute as the debate moved on to the NBN and the budget.
The highest peak of the night came as the debate ended, with 2010 tweets per minute on a range of topics.
While Independent Andrew Wilkie and Katter Party leader Bob Katter both stayed offline during the debate, Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer weighed in with his opinion.
Senator Milne also described the debate as "a bore" during an address to the media on Monday.
- with AAP.
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