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Sex, politics and religion – Robert Simms talks about everything one shouldn’t at a polite dinner party. And you can throw in drugs, asylum seekers and watermelons! As Australia’s newest gay federal politician, he fires up to tell DNA about his passions, his fears, and aspirations. Feature and photography by Andrew Creagh.

AMONG THE hardened political hacks of the Canberra press gallery there’s speculation about which politician looks best with his shirt off. The leading contender is Cory Bernardi – the right wing, fundamentalist Christian who opposes marriage equality because he believes it will lead to bestiality. The hot, young challenger, however, is Australia’s latest openly gay senator, Robert Simms of the Greens.

At 31, Simms has found himself unexpectedly in Federal Parliament following the resignation of South Australian Penny Wright. “It’s a great privilege, but also unexpected,” says Simms, a qualified lawyer with a degree in journalism, and the Greens Sexuality Spokesperson.

His interest in politics was sparked by events that happened off the coast of Western Australia while he was still at high school. Even before that, however, at age 12, Robert Simms discovered something much more profound – he was gay. His boyhood crushes included Ricky Martin and Ryan Kwanten (at the time playing Vinnie on Home And Away), but this self discovery was not a happy one.

“I worry about the kind of hate campaign that would feature in any plebiscite. Why should LGBTI Australians be subjected to that, just to secure basic human rights?”

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