The Greens have pre-selected the openly gay Stephen Bates to re-contest the seat of Brisbane at the next election.
- Born in London.
- Moved with family to Yeppoon, Queensland in 2007.
- Studied at the University of Queensland and worked in the United States for a while.
- Before entering parliament worked in retail.
- Defeated the openly gay incumbent Liberal member for Brisbane Trevor Evans in the 2022 federal election.
Stephen Bates effectively harnessed humour as part of his 2022 campaign. His risque geo-located Grindr ads attracted extensive media coverage, raising his profile in the inner-city electorate. The ads featured slogans like ‘The best parliaments are hung’ and ‘Put Stephen Bates on top this election’.
Stephen Bates has served as the Greens Spokesperson on LGBTIQA+ and Youth since June 2022 and as Whip since November.
The popular first-term member describes it as the privilege of a lifetime to represent the seat of Brisbane.
“I’m passionate about renters’ rights and housing justice, universal and free health and education, climate action, and putting people before profit.”
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