Robert Simms is an Australian Greens Senator for South Australia. He was endorsed by the South Australian Parliament in September 2015 and is the first out gay man to represent SA in the Federal Parliament. He is the Australian Greens' spokesperson for Higher Education, Sexuality and Marriage Equality, and Water and the Murray Darling Basin.
Robert's belief in the power of politics to change lives for the better first inspired him to become politically active at University. As State Education Officer for the National Union of Students, he coordinated the state-wide response to the Howard's Government's deregulation of university fees. Later, as Flinders' University's Student Council President, he led the fight against further attacks to student services and representation on his campus.
Since then he has spent his working life fighting for the environment and social justice. He worked in the community sector as a policy advocate and was an adviser for two Green Senators - Sarah Hanson-Young and Scott Ludlam. He also worked as a casual academic and was a progressive social commentator.
In 2014 he was elected to Adelaide City Councillor and was a strong voice for progressive values, promoting: greener streets, better cycling infrastructure, ethical investment and improved access for people with disabilities.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice, a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in sociology and politics) and a Graduate Certificate in Journalism. In 2008 he was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a Barrister and Solicitor.
He lives in Adelaide in share-housing.