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SIMMS, Robert AndrewBiography for SIMMS, Robert Andrew

Senator for South Australia

Australian Greens



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 P Wright (resigned). Defeated at general elections 2016.


Committee Service

Senate Select: Murray-Darling Basin Plan from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education and Employment: Legislation from 14.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Education and Employment: References from 14.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 4.2.2016 to 10.3.2016 (Substitute member from 4.2.2016 to 10.3.2016); Environment and Communications: References from 24.2.2016 to 9.5.2016 (Substitute member from 24.2.2016 to 9.5.2016).


Parliamentary Party Positions

Australian Greens Spokesperson on Higher Education; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Marriage Equality; Water and Murray Darling Basin from 22.9.2015 to 2.7.2016.


Party Positions

Coordinator of the Greens Policy Committee (SA), 2008.

Member of the Greens National Coordinating Group, 2009.

Member of the Greens National Election Campaign Committee from 2009 to 2011.

Delegate to the Greens National Council from 2010 to 2011.

Delegate to the Greens National Conference, 2011.

Secretary of the Greens State Branch (SA), 2011.

Assistant Convenor of the Greens State Branch (SA), 2012.

Co-Convenor of the Greens State Branch (SA), 2014.

Delegate to the Greens National Conference, 2014.

Convenor of the Greens State Branch (SA), 2015.


Personal

Born 26.3.1984, Yorkshire, England

Single


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

GradCertJourn (University of South Australia).

BA(Pols&Sociology) (Flinders University).

LLB(Hons) (Flinders University).

Regional Support Radio (News) Journalist for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from 2007 to 2008.

Policy and Advocacy Officer for the Youth Affairs Council (SA) from 2007 to 2008.

Media Adviser to Senator S Ludlam from 2008 to 2009.

Admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court (SA), 2008.

Adviser to Senator S Hanson-Young from 2009 to 2012.

Freelance writer, 2012.

Academic in the School of Social Policy and Policy Studies at Flinders University from 2012 to 2014.

Projects and Administration Officer at Flinders University from 2013 to 2015.


Local Government Service

Area Councillor, Adelaide City Council from 2014 to 2015.