About Adam - Adam Bandt

About Adam

Adam Bandt is the Federal Member for Melbourne.

He lives locally with his wife Claudia, their daughters Wren and Elke and their dog Max.

Adam has portfolio responsibilities for climate change, energy, employment & industrial relations and science, research and innovation.

He was elected in 2010 when he made history by becoming the first Greens MP elected to the House of Representatives at a general election. Adam has since been re-elected in 2013 and 2016, with an increased vote at each election.

Before becoming an MP, Adam worked as a public interest lawyer representing some of Melbourne's lowest paid workers, including outworkers in the clothing industry.

Adam has also represented many unions and worked on cases involving freedom of speech and implementation of international covenants into Australian law.

Adam received undergraduate Law/Arts Honours degrees at Murdoch University, where he won the Sir Ronald Wilson Prize for Academic Achievement.  

He completed a PhD at Monash University in 2008, which looked at the recent trend of governments suspending basic human rights in areas such as migration, workplace relations and criminal law.