Stephen Bates pre-selected to re-contest seat of Brisbane


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The Greens have pre-selected the openly gay Stephen Bates to re-contest the seat of Brisbane at the next election.

Stephen Bates

  • 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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Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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