Jordon Steele-John bringing lived experience with disability to Parliament in replacing Scott Ludlam
The citizenship saga has cleared the path for the youngest-ever senator, Jordon Steele-John from Western Australia, to enter the Upper House, replacing Greens co-deputy Scott Ludlam.
Mr Steele-John is a 23-year-old university student and disability advocate who was third on the Greens Senate ticket at last year’s election.
He first ran in a federal election as the Greens’ candidate for Fremantle in 2013 when he was 18.
“I joined the Greens because I think it’s important that we act to stop the worst effects of climate change,” he said in a promotional video on Facebook during the campaign.
“We need to care for the most vulnerable people in our society and we need to make sure that the world we pass onto our children is better than what we found when we were born.”
Mr Steele-John has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.