In his Leader’s Address to the National Press Club on behalf of the Australian Greens, Dr Richard Di Natale will argue that Australia needs to find a new path to deal with the threat of climate change, growing inequality and economic insecurity. He will unveil the party’s detailed plan to fix the tax system, create jobs in new industries, protect our climate and environment and tackle economic inequality. The Greens platform will be unveiled showing how this future can be built for all of us.
The Greens have been leaders in policy debates about climate change, an end to negative gearing, banking levies and a royal commission for financial services. The party will once again be leading the policy debate on economic, environmental and social policy. Nearly 1.5 million people voted for The Greens’ policies at the last election and the party will be seeking more votes at this election to support their positive vision and to hold the next government to account against the increasing influence of corporate donations, lobbyists and political favours.
Dr Richard Di Natale is the leader of the Australian Greens. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and was the Greens’ first Victorian Senator.
Prior to entering parliament, Richard was a GP 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.
Richard champions evidence-based solutions to the major problems facing our community today: climate change, growing economic inequality and the destruction of our environment.
Richard firmly believes that our democracy should be transparent and work for all of us, not just those who can buy a seat at the table. He is a leading voice in the campaign to clean up politics by ending corporate influence and donations to political parties.
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 campaigns into many issues of public significance including dying with dignity, medicinal cannabis, and drug law reform. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism and sport.
Richard, his wife Lucy and two young sons live off the grid on a farm in the foothills of Victoria’s Otway Ranges. The son of Italian migrants, Richard grew up in Melbourne.