Brings politics to life with drama and humour...

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Graham brings politics to life with drama and humour as he relates his own successes and mistakes and reveals the real people behind the political masks. His is a story of loyalty and friendships and government lost and won - it is, above all, the story of the accumulation and exercise of power. He is also an excellent commentator on many issues facing Australians today.

Brief History

  • Graham Richardson joined the Monterey branch of the Australian Labor Party in 1966 when he was seventeen.  Five years later became New South Wales State Organiser.  The Labor Party quickly became the focus and passion of Graham's life.  He discovered the powerbrokers in the NSW Right and apprenticed himself to learn from these men, some of the toughest in the Labor Party.
  • With hard work he started to "bring in numbers" and so began an extremely successful, pragmatic and colourful career that took him from branch member to the Cabinet and ultimately on to become one of the Labor Party's key figures during a record term in government.
  • His early life was spent in Kogarah, NSW, where he attended the Marist Brothers' School.  In 1966 he passed his Leaving Certificate with honours and credits at Sydney Technical High School.  After joining the Labor Party in 1966 he began studying for a Degree of Bachelor of Law at Sydney University in 1969.  He left his studies in 1971 when he was elected full time organiser for the Australian Labor Party in New South Wales.
  • In 1976 Graham became Assistant General Secretary and later General Secretary, a position he held until 1983 when he was elected to Federal Parliament as Senator for New South Wales. In his 11 years in Federal Politics Graham held the ministerial portfolios of Environment, Arts, Sport, Tourism, Territories, Social Security, Transport and Communications, and Health. He resigned from politics in March 1994 after serving as the Minister for Health.
  • Graham then took on the position of "Special Commentator" for the Nine Network. His role includes political commentary for election coverage (both State and Federal) as well as reports for Sunday and A Current Affair and a regular spot on the Saturday morning Today program. He writes a weekly column for The Bulletin and occasionally writes feature articles for The Australian Women's Weekly.
  • In 1996 Graham joined the board of the Sydney Olympic Games Organising Committee (SOCOG). It is a role that draws upon his love of sport and experience as former Minister for Sport and Recreation. Graham is also the Mayor of the Olympic Village. For five weeks before and during the 2000 Games, he will be based in the Olympic Village where he will be chief troubleshooter.
  • Graham joined Radio 2GB in January 1998, and he can be heard each week day on 2GB's new current affairs breakfast show.


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