He attended St Columban's College, at Albion. In those days,
when he was capable of physical exertion, he represented Queensland
in Rugby Union at under 16 level, being part of the national
championship winning team.
He achieved his tertiary qualifications in social work at
the University of Queensland, where he also completed a Bachelor
of Arts, majoring in English and Sociology.
Andrew worked as a social worker with the Department of Social
Security and spent many years working with community radio station
4ZZZ-FM in roles including announcer and finance coordinator.
He joined the staff of Cheryl Kernot following her election
to the Senate in July 1990 and worked for her for the next three
years, before joining the staff of Democrats' Senator John Woodley
as an adviser and researcher after Senator Woodley's election
When Kernot resigned in 1997, Andrew, who had been preselected
by the party's members as next in line on the Senate ticket,
was appointed as a Senator for Queensland.
Andrew has a strong interest in environmental, social justice,
and animal welfare issues.