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Greens party appoint Murdoch alumnus as their leader

Adam Bandt in brown suit giving a speech on a Murdoch University podium

Murdoch alumnus Adam Bandt has been elected leader of the Greens party after the resignation of Richard Di Natale.

It is the second time a Murdoch Alumnus has been elected leader of a federal political party.

The 47-year old politician, who was elected unopposed, has been the co-deputy leader since mid-2019 and is currently the party's climate change spokesman.

Mr Bandt originally joined the Greens in 2004 and won the seat of Melbourne at the 2010 Federal election, having narrowly lost the seat to Labor incumbent Lindsay Tanner at the 2007 federal election. 

Mr Bandt has held the seat at each subsequent federal election He is currently the party’s only lower house member and the first Greens member to be elected to the lower house at a general election.

Mr Bandt was born in South Australia and grew up in Perth.

He graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law in 1996.

He was also awarded the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement in 1995, which is given to the graduate who best combines distinguished academic performance in law units with qualities of character, leadership and all-round contribution to the life of the university.

Mr Bandt is one of a number of graduates who have taken leadership roles in politics including the current Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Mental Health, Roger Cook.

West Australian Greens MLC Alison Xamon, former Federal Minister for Minister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation, Michael Keenan and the former Federal Member for Perth, Tim Hammond are also Murdoch Alumni.
Posted on:

5 Feb 2020

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General, Alumni

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