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The frustration of voters across the globe has been directed at people with privilege who for many decades, have organised the world in the shape of their own interests. In the search for a new way, the political order is up for grabs. Right now it has been seized by those who are offering simple promises to solve complex problems, but solutions steeped in fear and ignorance cannot survive.
In this National Press Club Address, Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Richard Di Natale will discuss how in this rare, historical moment we can choose to reshape our society from one that has been based on the assumption that we are selfish, competitive individuals to one that understands that co-operation is also an integral part of the human condition. The address will describe how this can only happen if the powerful political forces of fear and resentment are destroyed by even bigger ideas borne from love, respect and openness.
Dr Richard Di Natale has been the leader of the Australian Greens since May 2015. He was elected to the federal parliament in 2010 and re-elected in 2016. He was the first Greens’ first Victorian Senator. His portfolios include health, multiculturalism 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.
Richard 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.