Former Senator Robert Simms

Former Senator

Party
Australian Greens
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Chosen by the Parliament of South Australia on 22.9.2015 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Senator PL Wright (resigned) (term ended 9.5.2016). Defeated at general elections 2016.
Committee service
  • Senate Select: Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 12.10.15 to 9.5.16.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and Employment: Legislation and References Committees from 14.10.15 to 9.5.16.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Australian Greens Portfolios: Higher Education; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Marriage Equality; Water and Murray Darling Basin from 22.9.15 to 2.7.16.
Party positions
  • Greens State (SA) Policy Coordinator 2008.
  • Member, Greens National Coordinating Group 2009.
  • Member, Greens National Election Campaign Committee 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • Delegate, Greens National Council 2010 and 2011.
  • Convenor, Greens SA Federal Election Campaign Committee 2010.
  • Delegate, Greens National Conference 2011 and 2014.
  • Greens State (SA) Secretary 2011.
  • Assistant Convenor, Greens SA 2012.
  • State Co-Convenor, Greens SA 2014.
  • State Convenor, Greens SA 2015.
Personal
  • Born 26.3.1984, Yorkshire, UK.
  • Single.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • LLB (Hons.) and BA (Politics and Sociology) (Flinders).
  • Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of SA 2008.
  • Grad. Cert. Journalism (UniSA).
  • Regional Support Radio (News) Journalist, ABC, 2007-08.
  • Policy and Advocacy Officer, Youth Affairs Council of South Australia 2007-08.
  • Media Advisor to Senator S Ludlam, 2008-09.
  • Advisor to Senator S Hanson-Young 2009-12.
  • Freelance writer 2012.
  • Academic (Casual), School of Social Policy and Policy Studies, Flinders University 2012-14.
  • Projects and Administration Officer, Flinders University 2013-15.
Local government service
  • Area Councillor, Adelaide City Council, 2014-15.