Graham Richardson

Graham Frederick Richardson AO (born 27 September 1949) is an Australian former Labor Party politician who was a Senator for New South Wales from 1983 to 1994 and served as a Cabinet Minister in both the Hawke and Keating Governments. He is currently a media commentator, public speaker, and political lobbyist.


Graham Richardson

Minister for the Environment
In office
1 March 1994  25 March 1994
Prime MinisterPaul Keating
Preceded byRos Kelly
Succeeded byJohn Faulkner
In office
24 July 1987  4 April 1990
Prime MinisterBob Hawke
Preceded byBarry Cohen
Succeeded byRos Kelly
Minister for Health
In office
24 March 1993  25 March 1994
Prime MinisterPaul Keating
Preceded byBrian Howe
Succeeded byCarmen Lawrence
Minister for Transport and Communications
In office
27 December 1991  18 May 1992
Prime MinisterPaul Keating
Preceded byJohn Kerin
Succeeded byBob Collins
Minister for Social Security
In office
4 April 1990  27 December 1991
Prime MinisterBob Hawke
Paul Keating
Preceded byBrian Howe
Succeeded byNeal Blewett
Senator for New South Wales
In office
5 March 1983  25 March 1994
Preceded byTony Mulvihill
Succeeded byMichael Forshaw
Personal details
Born
Graham Frederick Richardson

(1949-09-27) 27 September 1949 (age 71)
Sydney, New South Wales
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)Cheryl Gardener
(m. 1973) (sep.)[1]
Amanda
ChildrenMatthew Richardson[1]
D'Arcy Richardson
OccupationPolitician
NicknameRicho

During his time in the Senate, Richardson was often referred to as a "power broker" within the Labor Right faction.[2] Prior to entering parliament, Richardson was a Labor Party branch organiser and held the position of General Secretary of the Australian Labor Party (New South Wales Branch) from 1976 to 1983.[3] Since retiring from politics, Richardson has become a political commentator for Sky News Live, and hosts weekly commentary program Richo.[4][5]