Baldivis student Jordon Steele-John becomes Australia’s youngest senator after High Court confirmation


Young senator... disability advocate Jordon Steele-John.
Young senator... disability advocate Jordon Steele-John.

WA is officially home to Australia’s youngest senator after the High Court confirmed Jordon Steele-John, of Baldivis, would replace former Greens Senator Scott Ludlam last week.

The 23-year-old student and disability advocate was named as the next in line earlier this year when Senator Ludlam resigned after discovering he had dual citizenship.

The High Court gave the green light to three new senators, but delayed making a decision on a fourth.

The other three senators replaced are Malcolm Roberts, Larissa Waters and Fiona Nash.

Former Australian Democrats leader Andrew Bartlett returned to the Upper House, replacing Ms Waters as Greens senator for Queensland. Business consultant Fraser Anning stepped into the Queensland One Nation seat vacated by Mr Roberts. Liberal Hollie Hughes was deemed ineligible by the High Court on Wednesday to replace Mrs Nash.

The three confirmed senators were sworn in on Monday.

The Senate voted Scott Ryan as new president to replace Liberal Stephen Parry, who resigned over his dual citizenship.