Andrew Bartlett has lived his entire life in Brisbane. He has extensive experience in the political arena, having represented Queensland as a Democrats Senator in the Australian Parliament from 1997 to 2008.
Andrew's other work has included consulting and volunteering for not-for-profit organisations, community development, research and social work. Andrew has a wide variety of interests that range from politics to music, writing and football.
Over many years, both inside and outside of Parliament, Andrew has been working for:
- more affordable housing
- strengthening Australia’s environmental laws
- improving honesty, accountability, transparency in public administration and public involvement in politics
Andrew's commitment to greater public engagement in the political process led him to be the first federal politician to start a blog back in 2004.
Attended St Columban’s Christian Brothers College at Albion (now located at Caboolture).
Graduate of University of Queensland with degrees in Social Work (1988) and Arts (1989).
Worked as a Social Worker at Dept of Social Security.
Served as Senator for Queensland for the Australian Democrats from 1997-2008, including Parliamentary Leader from 2002-2004.
Stood as Greens candidate in the House of Representatives seat of Brisbane at the 2010 federal election, polling 21.3% and achieving the second highest swing to the Greens of any seat n the country.
Active in a wide range of community organisations over many years as a volunteer and as community worker and advocate.
Long-term involvement in local music scene as announcer at local community radio station 4ZzZ FM (1980s + since 2008) and playing in a number of local bands.
Research Fellow with the Migration Law Program at the Australian National University. Currently holds the position of Convenor of the Queensland Greens.
You can follow Andrew's Lord Mayor campaign on Facebook at this link.