Adam Bandt's rise to political leadership

Paul Osborne
After joining the Greens in 2004, Adam Bandt is poised to become the party's leader


* Born in Adelaide, married with two daughters

* Lived in Whyalla, Perth, Fremantle and Melbourne

* Student unionist and member of the ALP from 1987-89

* Graduated arts-law from WA's Murdoch University in 1996

* Industrial law solicitor and partner with Slater and Gordon

* Joined the Greens in 2004

* First tilt at federal seat of Melbourne in 2007 failed

* Completed PhD thesis at Monash University in 2008: "Work to Rule: Rethinking Marx, Pashukanis and Law"

* National convenor of Australian Greens, 2009

* First elected to federal seat of Melbourne in 2010 and re-elected in 2013, 2016 and 2019

* First Greens member elected to the House of Representatives at a general election

* Key policy interests are environment, human rights, refugees, economic inequality

* Deputy leader of the Australian Greens April 2012 to May 2015

* Co-deputy leader since June 2019.