Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett has today announced he will be resigning from his Senate seat in late August to focus on campaigning for the House of Representatives seat of Brisbane.
“My time back in the Senate has given me the opportunity to speak with people around our state and one thing is clear to me - Queenslanders are sick of the stranglehold corporations and political donors have over our politics.
“They know that the corporations, the banks, the shonky developers, who are making record profits while knowingly poisoning the planet and making life hard for the rest of us, continue to get away with it because of our rigged system.
“The strong swings and successes the Greens achieved in the recent state election in Queensland shows we have a real chance of breaking through in a lower house seat in the next federal election, but it will take a concerted community-based campaign to do it.
“The people of Brisbane deserve a representative that will work for a future for all of us, not simply do the bidding of their corporate backers like politicians from the Labor Party and the LNP.
“The Queensland Greens have an experienced, well loved replacement in Larissa Waters ready to fill the Senate vacancy. I will be working with Larissa in the meantime to ensure the transition occurs with minimal disruption”.
Lead Senate candidate and former Senator Waters said, “I am thrilled to be returning to the Senate to continue to work for Queenslanders, who deserve a system that works for them, not just big corporates.
“Andrew Bartlett has done a magnificent job in the Senate and Brisbanites are lucky to have this ethical, warm man as their future representative. I’ll be working hard to help my friend win the seat of Brisbane and together we will work to clean up politics and put people back at the heart of decision making again,” said Ms Waters.