Andrew is the Queensland Greens candidate for the House of Representatives seat of Brisbane at the upcoming federal election.
Andrew is committed to breaking down the existing political power structures which operate to benefit a minority of wealthy and entrenched vested interests by exploiting the wider community and our environment. He believes in supporting and empowering the people and movements in our community that are working for a fair sustainable economy, effective action on global warming, and treating people and animals with decency.
Prior to entering the Senate back in 1997, Andrew worked as a social worker, in community radio, as a policy advisor, and with a number of not-for-profit organisations. After leaving the Senate in 2008 he worked as a researcher and academic on migration issues, and in advocacy. He also worked as a public high school teacher after returning to university to obtain a teaching qualification.
Andrew Bartlett held a number of unpaid organisational positions within the Queensland Greens since 2009. He was the Greens’ candidate for the federal seat of Brisbane in 2010 and for Lord Mayor of Brisbane in 2012, as well as being second on the party’s Senate ticket at the 2016 federal election. He returned to the Senate in 2017 to fill the vacancy created by the disqualification of Larissa Waters, but decided to step down early from his Senate position in August 2018 to focus on trying to win the House of Representatives seat of Brisbane at the 2019 federal election. He believes the only way to create the change needed to rapidly transform our political system into something which works to benefit the community and the planet is by progressive candidates winning more House of Representatives seats from the two traditional political parties.
Andrew continues to volunteer for community radio and with local advocacy groups. He has a keen interest in music, and is a passionate supporter of promoting diversity, empowering people and opposing racism and discrimination.
Throughout his time in the Senate, Andrew worked to give the community more of a say in the issues and decisions that affected them. He continues to be a strong and consistent advocate across a wide range of issues including:
- Reducing wealth and income inequality
- Improving Housing affordability
- Promoting the rights of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants
- Stopping Adani and all other new thermal coal mines
- Cheaper, better public transport
- Stopping land clearing
- Planning for people, not profit
- Getting big money out of politics
- Adequate social services and income support
- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander issues
- Equality regardless of sexual or gender identity
- Animal welfare