Adam Bandt

Adam Paul Bandt (born 11 March 1972) is an Australian politician, former industrial lawyer and acting Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens. Bandt was elected to the Division of Melbourne in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Parliament of Australia, at the 2010 federal election. He is the first member of the Australian Greens to be elected to the House of Representatives at a general election, but the second after Michael Organ, who was elected at a by-election.

Bandt contested the seat in 2007 and narrowly lost to Labor's Lindsay Tanner. Post his successful 2010 election, Bandt retained the seat of Melbourne at the 2013 and the 2016 elections, increasing his majority each time.

Adam Bandt

Bandt in 2010
Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
Assumed office
21 July 2017
Serving with Larissa Waters
LeaderRichard Di Natale
Preceded byScott Ludlam and
Larissa Waters
In office
13 April 2012 – 6 May 2015
LeaderChristine Milne
Preceded byChristine Milne
Succeeded byScott Ludlam and
Larissa Waters
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Melbourne
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded byLindsay Tanner
Personal details
Adam Paul Bandt

11 March 1972 (age 47)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Political partyGreen (since 2004)
Other political
Labor (until 1989)
Claudia Perkins (m. 2013)
ResidenceFlemington, Victoria, Australia
EducationHollywood Senior High School
Alma materMurdoch University
Monash University
OccupationIndustrial lawyer
(Slater & Gordon)
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life and education

Bandt was born in Adelaide, South Australia—a descendant of German immigrants who emigrated to the Hahndorf and Barossa Valley regions in the 1800s. As a child, his family moved to Perth, Western Australia where he attended high school and university, before moving to Melbourne.[1]

At Murdoch University, Bandt was a student activist and member of the Left Alliance. He graduated in 1996 with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees, and was awarded the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement. While a student, he was quoted as calling the Greens a "bourgeois" party.[2] He was president of the student union and an active campaigner for higher living allowances for students, and for free education.[3] From 1987 to 1989, he was a member of the Labor Party.[4]

Pre-political career

Prior to his election to parliament, Bandt lived in Parkville and worked as an industrial, labour relations, and public interest lawyer, and was a partner at a major national law firm. He had articles published on links between anti-terror legislation and labour laws[5] and worked on issues facing outworkers in the textiles industry.[6]

In 2008, Bandt completed a PhD in law and politics from Monash University, with his thesis titled "Work to Rule: Rethinking Marx, Pashukanis and Law". In 2012, he described his thesis as looking "at the connection between globalisation and the trend of governments to take away peoples' rights by suspending the rule of law", saying he "reviewed authors who write about the connection between the economy and the law from across the political spectrum", ultimately arguing "that governments increasingly don't accept that people have inalienable rights". Bandt had his thesis suppressed for three years in the hopes of having it published as a book.[7]

Political career

2007 federal election

Bandt was preselected to stand as the Greens candidate for the federal Division of Melbourne at the 2007 election against Labor's Lindsay Tanner, the then Shadow Minister for Finance. Bandt finished with 22.8 percent of the primary vote, an increase of 3.8 percent, and 45.3 percent of the two-candidate preferred vote after out-polling the Liberal party's Andrea Del Ciotto after preferences. Nationally he was the most successful candidate from any minor party contesting a House of Representatives seat.[8][9]

2010 federal election

Following the 2007 federal election Melbourne had become Australia's only Labor/Greens marginal seat.[10] Bandt was preselected as Greens candidate for the second time, running against a new Labor candidate, Cath Bowtell,[11] following the retirement of long-time member Tanner from Federal Parliament. At 8:22 pm[12][13] on election night, 21 August, he declared victory for the Australian Greens.[14][15][16][17] Bandt received a primary vote of 36.2 percent and a two-party-preferred vote of 56 percent against Labor, a swing to him of 13.4 and 10.8 points, respectively.[18] His main policy interests are environmental and human rights issues, having "nominat[ed] pushing for a price on carbon, the abolition of mandatory detention of asylum seekers and changing the law to recognise same-sex marriage as his top priorities in parliament."[19][20][21]

2013 federal election

In 2013 Bandt was re-elected in the seat of Melbourne, despite this time the Liberal Party directing preferences to Labor ahead of The Greens.[22] Bandt retained the seat with a 42.6 percent primary and 55.2 percent two-party-preferred vote.[23] Bandt sat on Christine Milne's frontbench.

In 2015, upon the change of Green leadership from Christine Milne to Richard Di Natale, Bandt did not re-contest the deputy leadership saying he had a new baby due in the upcoming weeks. Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters were elected unopposed as co-deputies.[24]

2016 federal election

Bandt was re-elected as Member for Melbourne in the 2016 election for a third time.[25] In 2017, the Party's Co-Deputy leaders Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam were found to be ineligible to sit in Australia's Parliament owing to their status as dual citizens.[26] Rachel Siewert and Bandt were made temporary co-deputy leaders.[27] Bandt achieved national headlines in February 2018 for attacking new Senator Jim Molan. Amid threat of legal action, Bandt later apologised to the Iraq war and East Timor veteran, and said he would donate to a veterans support organisation.[28]

Personal life

Bandt's partner is former Labor staffer Claudia Perkins.[29] They have two daughters together.[30]


  1. ^ Attard, Monica: Adam Bandt, Greens MP for Melbourne, Sunday Profile (ABC Local Radio), 27 August 2010.
  2. ^ Wilson, Lauren (28 August 2010). "Greens too bourgeois for Adam Bandt when he was a uni student". Australian. News Limited. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 28 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Adam Bandt for Lord Mayor". Make Melbourne Green. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. ^ Legge, Kate (6–7 November 2010). "Greener Pastures". The Weekend Australian Magazine. The Australian. p. 22.
  5. ^ Bandt, Adam (4 April 2006). "State waxes, rights wane – Opinion". Age. Fairfax. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  6. ^ "The Law Report: 15 April 2003 – Outworkers – Out in the Cold". Australia: ABC. 15 April 2003. Archived from the original on 2 February 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  7. ^ Maiden, Samantha (23 September 2012). "How Greens deputy leader Adam Bandt hid his PhD thesis". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  8. ^ "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". 20 December 2007. Archived from the original on 29 June 2010. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Mr Adam Bandt MP". Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  10. ^ Raue, Ben (July 2009). "Greens pick Adam Bandt for Melbourne". The Tally Room. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  11. ^ Gordon, Josh (15 August 2010). "Bandt says he will 'side with Labor'". Age. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 16 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
  12. ^ Channel 9 election coverage, 21 August 2010
  13. ^ AAP (21 August 2010). "Greens candidate Adam Bandt wins in Melbourne". News. News Limited. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  14. ^ Le Grand, Chip (21 August 2010). "Greens celebrate historic lower house victory". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  15. ^ "Voters leave Australia hanging". ABC News. Australia: ABC. 21 August 2010. Archived from the original on 24 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  16. ^ AAP (21 August 2010). "Greens candidate Adam Bandt wins in Melbourne". Herald Sun. News Limited. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  17. ^ AAP (22 August 2010). "Bandt won't support Coalition: Rhiannon". Age. Fairfax. Archived from the original on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
  18. ^ "Division of Melbourne, 2010 federal election: AEC". Archived from the original on 9 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  19. ^ Sharp, Ari; Arup, Tom (23 August 2010). "Profile: Adam Bandt". Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 26 August 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  20. ^ Shaw, Andrew (12 July 2010). "Will Adam Bandt be the first Greens man?". Gay News Network. Evolution Publishing. Archived from the original on 15 March 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  21. ^ Davis, Mark. "The tricky political topography of same-sex marriage". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  22. ^ Milman, Oliver: "Adam Bandt wins re-election in Melbourne for Greens" in The Guardian, 7 September 2013
  23. ^ Australian Electoral Commission: Virtual Tally Room, retrieved 12 October 2013
  24. ^ "Christine Milne resigns as Greens leader". Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  25. ^ Election 2016: Greens MP Adam Bandt claims victory in Melbourne;; 3 Jul 2016
  26. ^ Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam: What do their resignations mean for the Senate?,; 16 Aug 2017
  27. ^ Richard Di Natale's monthus horribilis: where to now for the Greens?;; 22 Jul 2017
  28. ^ Adam Bandt caves in over longer apology to Jim Molan;; 9 Feb 2018
  29. ^ Le Grand, Chip (1 September 2010). "Bandt slept with the enemy in campaign". The Australian. News Limited. Archived from the original on 9 October 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2010.
  30. ^ "Parliamentarian Adam Bandt Talks Family". 31 August 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2018.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Lindsay Tanner
Member for Melbourne
Party political offices
Preceded by
Christine Milne
Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
Succeeded by
Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters
2010 Australian federal election

A federal election was held on Saturday, 21 August 2010 for members of the 43rd Parliament of Australia. The incumbent centre-left Australian Labor Party led by Prime Minister Julia Gillard won a second term against the opposition centre-right Liberal Party of Australia led by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and Coalition partner the National Party of Australia, led by Warren Truss, after Labor formed a minority government with the support of three independent MPs and one Australian Greens MP.

Labor and the Coalition each won 72 seats in the 150-seat House of Representatives, four short of the requirement for majority government, resulting in the first hung parliament since the 1940 election. Six crossbenchers held the balance of power. Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent MPs Andrew Wilkie, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor declared their support for Labor on confidence and supply. Independent MP Bob Katter and National Party of Western Australia MP Tony Crook declared their support for the Coalition on confidence and supply. The resulting 76–74 margin entitled Labor to form a minority government. The Prime Minister, government ministers and parliamentary secretaries were sworn in on 14 September 2010 by the Governor-General Quentin Bryce. In November 2011, Coalition MP and Deputy Speaker Peter Slipper replaced Labor MP Harry Jenkins as Speaker of the House of Representatives, increasing Labor's parliamentary majority from 76–74 to 77–73.In the 76-seat Senate, the Greens won one seat in each of the six states, gaining the sole balance of power with a total of nine seats, after previously holding a shared balance of power with the Family First Party and independent Nick Xenophon. The Coalition was reduced from 37 to 34 and Labor was reduced from 32 to 31. The two remaining seats were occupied by Xenophon and Victoria's new Democratic Labor Party Senator John Madigan. Family First Party Senator Steve Fielding was defeated. These changes took effect in the Senate on 1 July 2011.More than 13 million Australians were enrolled to vote at the time of the election. Australia has compulsory voting (since 1925) and uses preferential ballot (since 1919) in single-member seats for the House of Representatives and single transferable vote (since 1949) with optional group voting tickets (since 1984) in the proportionally represented Senate. The election was conducted by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

Australian Greens

The Australian Greens, commonly known as The Greens, are a green political party in Australia.

The party was formed in 1992 and is a confederation of eight state and territorial parties. In addition to environmentalism, the party cites four core values: ecological sustainability, social justice, grassroots democracy and peace and non-violence.Party constituencies can be traced to various origins – notably the early environmental movement in Australia and the formation of the United Tasmania Group (UTG), one of the first green parties in the world, but also the nuclear disarmament movement in Western Australia and sections of the industrial left in New South Wales. Co-ordination between environmentalist groups occurred in the 1980s with various significant protests. Key people involved in these campaigns included Bob Brown and Christine Milne who went on to contest and win seats in the Tasmanian Parliament and eventually form the Tasmanian Greens; both Brown and Milne subsequently became leaders of the federal party.

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Division of Melbourne

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Terri Butler

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