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About Richard Di Natale

18 Mar 2015

Dr Richard Di Natale is the leader of the Australian Greens. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and is the Greens' first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism, youth, gambling and sport.

Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a general practitioner and public health specialist. He worked in Aboriginal health in the Northern Territory, on HIV prevention in India and in the drug and alcohol sector. His key health priorities include preventative health, public dental care and responding to the health impacts of climate change.

Richard's achievements in parliament so far include securing almost $5 billion towards Medicare-funded dentistry, winning a campaign to divest $250 million worth of tobacco stocks from the Future Fund, and spearheading senate inquiries into many issues of public significance such as dying with dignity, superbugs, hospital funding, budget cuts, medicinal cannabis, air pollution, pharmaceutical transparency, sports science and gambling reform

Richard is also fighting hard for human rights in West Papua, greater transparency in the pharmaceuticals industry and timely access to cost-effective drugs through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. He believes in public health policies that put science and evidence above politics.

Richard is the Chair of the Senate Select Committee into the Abbott Government's Budget Cuts and Deputy Chair of the Senate Select Committee into Health. He is the co-convenor of the Parliamentary Friends for Drug Policy and Law Reform, the Parliamentary Friends of West Papua and the Parliamentary Friends of Medicine.

Richard, his wife Lucy and two young sons live on a working farm in the foothills of Victoria's Otway Range. The son of Italian migrants, Richard grew up in Melbourne. He played VFA football for six years and is a long-suffering Richmond Tigers fan.

Richard Di Natale

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Larissa Waters, Penny Wright, Richard Di Natale and Lee Rhiannon
Christine Milne, Adam Bandt and Richard Di Natale at Doutta Galla Community Health in Melbourne
1st post 2010 election Greens Party room meeting
I <3 Murray
Adam Bandt and Richard Di Natale
Morning Star Flag Raising - 1 Dec, 2011
Richard Di Natale's first speech
Richard Di Natale gives a Gonski
Richard Di Natale, Christine Milne and Adam Bandt announcing $515m in the Budget for dental health
Senator Richard Di Natale speaks with audience members - dental health public forum
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Announcement of Dental Health Reforms Package - Senator Richard Di Natale - Aug 29 2012
National Campaign Launch 154
$1.3 billion invested in public dental health - that's why we vote Greens
Jack, work experience student at Richard Di Natale's electorate office
The Huddle - North  Melbourne Football Club
3.4 million kids will have Medicare funded dental health care - that's why we vote Greens
Public Forum: Getting dental into Medicare
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Richard at the HRL Quit Coal Rally in Melbourne
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Richard does Movember
1st post 2010 election Greens Party room meeting
Senator Richard Di Natale hosts IPWP Aus-Pac Launch
Announcement of Dental Health Reforms Package - Senator Richard Di Natale with Health Minister Tanya Plibersek - Aug 29 2012
Richard Di Natale visit to East Timor with the Global Fund
Richard Di Natale visit to East Timor with the Global Fund
Richard Di Natale visit to East Timor with the Global Fund
Richard Di Natale visit to East Timor with the Global Fund