Adam Bandt is a Greens MP and the Federal Member for Melbourne. He was elected in 2010 when he made history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election.
Since being elected to Parliament he has successfully moved motions on marriage equality and condemning the government’s refugee deal with Malaysia. He has introduced legislation on protecting the Alpine National Park, banking reform, banning live animal exports, and Parliamentary approval for sending troops overseas.
Parliament has also passed his bill to make it easier for firefighters with work-related cancer to get compensation.
Adam was a participant in the Multi-Party Committee e on Climate Change, developing the Clean Energy future package, which is investing $13 billion in clean and renewable energy and putting a price on pollution.
For many years he worked at a leading national labor firm, where in the industrial and public interest unit. He also worked as a barrister specialising in the field of industrial, employment and public interest law.
Adam represented many unions and low paid workers and worked on cases involving freedom of speech and implementation of international covenants into Australian law.
Adam received undergraduate Law/Arts Honours degrees at Murdoch University, where he won the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement and he completed a PhD at Monash University in 2008. His thesis looked at the recent trend of governments suspending basic human rights in areas such as migration, workplace relations and criminal law.
Adam lives in Flemington with his partner Claudia and their two dogs.