Stephen Bates

Federal Member for Brisbane

Hi, I'm Stephen, your Federal MP for the electorate of Brisbane.

I’m passionate about renters’ rights and housing justice, universal and free health and education, climate action, and putting people before profit.

I’m proud to represent you. I look forward to catching-up at a pop-up office, free community BBQ, or local event. For details, follow me on social media.

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Local spotlight

New Riverfront Park for Skyring Terrace

It’s well beyond time for Governments to future-proof the area with new green space and community facilities

Housing and the 2032 Games

The 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games threatens to make the housing crisis drastically worse for the residents of Brisbane City.

Restore the Normanby Pedestrian Bridge

Our community shouldn't have an active transport connection be relegated to half a bridge to nowhere

Latest from Stephen

Transphobia has no place in our Parliament

11 September, 2023 - Greens MPs today joined the trans community and their allies on Parliament’s lawn condemning growing transphobia, homophobia and misogyny. ...

ALP national plan abandons LGBTIQA+ protections

2 June, 2023 - Labor’s decision to significantly cut back their pre-election commitments to protect the LGBTIQA+ community must be condemned, said Australian Gr...

Greens MP: Government must act now to prevent further harm to trans community

19 March, 2023 - Stephen Bates MP for Brisbane and Australian Greens’ Spokesperson for LGBTQIA+ wrote to Immigration Minister Andrew Giles on 19 January, callin...

National Campaigns

Rent Freeze Now

Under Labor, the housing crisis is getting worse. It's time to make unlimited rent increases illegal.

Lower the Voting Age

It’s time to lower the voting age to 16, take power back and unf#*k our future.

Labor’s given the go ahead for another coal mine

That's five new coal mines this year! Coal and gas is fuelling the climate crisis, and now Labor is making global heating worse by opening new coal mines.

Brisbane, meet your MP

Hi, I’m Stephen, and I'm your Federal MP for Brisbane

The electorate of Brisbane is home to the second youngest voting demographic in Australia, as well as established community members who have made this city what it is today. It is a vibrant epicentre of arts, culture, sports and entertainment, and proudly hosts many of our LGBTQIA+ community venues, events and organisations. 

I couldn’t be more grateful to have the opportunity to represent such a diverse and iconic part of the country. The best part of the job is meeting with you all and connecting with our community. 

I want to hear about your issues, so please reach out. My team and I are here to help.


Stephen Bates

Federal Member for Brisbane

Stephen's Portfolios



349 Sandgate Road, Albion QLD 4010
Mail: PO Box 143 Albion DC QLD 4010
Phone (07) 3862 4044

I was elected in the federal election on 21 May 2022, and I hold the Australian Greens’ portfolios of LGBTIQA+ and Youth. I graduated UQ with a Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Social and Public Policy. 

My interest in politics began when, while studying, I took an opportunity to work in the United States.

In the US, I experienced the consequences of a government that legislates people into poverty. I walked into the store room at my workplace. One of my co-workers was crying because she had to make a decision - pay for her insulin or her rent. I comforted her but I knew that there was nothing I could do. At this moment, a fire was lit inside of me, and I knew I had to make sure this situation could never happen to anyone back home in Australia.

I joined the Greens on the night of the 2019 Federal election, and forged an extraordinary grassroots campaign to win the seat of Brisbane.

Now, as your MP, I fight for everyday people and our communities, because I refuse corporate donations and I’m not beholden to their interests. 

My top priorities:

  • Tackling the climate crisis with 100% renewable energy by 2030, rebooting QLD manufacturing with solar panels, wind turbines, and green steel, and investing in public transport and high speed rail.
  • Expanding our health system to fully cover dental and mental healthcare into Medicare.
  • Getting corporate money out of politics by banning corporate donations and establishing a gold standard Federal ICAC to hold politicians to account.
  • Ensuring that our country puts people before profits, be it in the fight against climate change and bad developments like Brisbane Airport’s new flight paths, or in the struggle for healthcare access and free education.
  • Creating affordable, safe housing for all and enshrining robust renters rights.

– Stephen Bates