Andrew Bartlett has extensive experience in the political arena, as a researcher, advisor, organiser, candidate and campaign manager, firstly with the Australian Democrats and more recently with the Greens party. He served as a Senator for Queensland from 1997-2008 with the Democrats and is currently Convenor of the Qld Greens, having contested the House of Representatives seat of Brisbane at the 2010 federal election. He was also the Greens candidate for Lord Mayor in the 2012 Brisbane Cty Council elections.
Andrew was an early adopter and advocate of blogging and social media for public engagement and empowerment. He has been and remains actively involved in a range of community based organisations in areas such as advocacy, policy and management. He is also a researcher, advocate, writer and public commentator on social, poltical, environmental and other issues.
Andrew Bartlett also strongly supports and enjoys local, independent music. He was heavily involved in local Brisbane community radio station 4ZzZ FM in the 1980s, and currently does a weekly program on 4ZzZ on Mondays from 6-9am. You can listen at FM102.1 in Brisbane or online at http://www.4zzzfm.org.au/listen-online
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Senator for Queensland since 1997, and currently Deputy Leader and Party Whip of the Australian Democrats, Senator Andrew Bartlett was born August 1964 in Brisbane Queensland where he has lived all his life. He is one of the few Aussie politicians to have had the foresight to register his name as a .com, John Howard and many others have missed out.
In December 2003 this Australian Democrats leader made the headlines after he had a few drinks and, inside the federal parliamentary chamber in Canberra, assaulted and abused Liberal senator Jeannie Ferris, calling her a f#*&#! bitch. The argument was over a few bottles of wine allegedly taken from a Christmas party. After this he decided to take eight weeks off work to dry out for which he was paid $27000,-
Andrew spent December 2003 not drinking but in December 2004 he also decided to stop eating and joined Iranian refugees that were about to be deported in a hunger strike. As a consistent and vocal campaigner for refugees and asylum seekers, he is the only Australian parliamentarian to have visited every refugee detention centre in Australia as well as those on Christmas Island and Nauru, where he went twice to meet with detainees.