10 facts about Richard Di Natale

1. He’s a doctor

Richard worked as a GP all over the country, from Geelong to Tennant Creek where he worked in an Aboriginal health service. Richard’s work in public health also took him to India where he worked to combat the spread of HIV.

 

2. He speaks fluent Italian

Richard’s family is part of the wonderful Australian experiment called multiculturalism, and their story is not an uncommon one. His father came from Siracusa in Sicily at age 29 and learned English while doing his apprenticeship to become a sparky. His mum and her parents came here from San Marco, a small village in Southern Italy and opened up a grocery store in Brunswick.

 

3. He lives on a farm

Richard lives with his wife and two boys on a farm in the foothills of the Otway Ranges. The farm is home to cows, chickens and pigs and Richard makes his own homemade vino and olive oil.

 

4. He’s a sports tragic

A long suffering Richmond supporter, Richard was himself a ruck rover in the VFA for six years. A knee injury put an end to his footy days, but he’s still loves to play golf or cricket when he gets a chance.

 

5. He knows a lot about dogs

As a child Richard tried to convince his parents to buy him a puppy by studying up on dogs as proof of his commitment. His plan failed but Richard continues to claim that identifying dog breeds is his superpower.

 

6. His favourite movies are…

The Godfather and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He also loved watching the Muppets movie with his kids.

 

7. He went to Ebola-affected West Africa

Richard travelled to Sierra Leone and Liberia during the peak of the Ebola crisis. As a Senator with a background in public health, Richard felt he had an opportunity to shine a light on the situation, meet with key people on the ground who were leading the global response, and to allay fears about people from the area.

 

8. He has a passion for photography

Richard has a passion for photography and at one stage of life he briefly considered pursuing it professionally. He even has a diploma in freelance photography.

 

9. He loves to surf

One of the reasons Richard loves living in the Otways is the proximity to the Surf Coast. He’s a keen surfer, but he’s no Kelly Slater.

 

10. He makes a mean pizza

True to his Italian roots, Richard loves to make pizza in his outdoor wood fired oven.

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Coalition government shows its true colours on forced amalgamations

The Coalition has today opposed a Parliamentary motion moved by the Greens in support of local government and the rights of community members to determine the future of their own councils.

The government’s opposition shows its plan to force local government amalgamations even where councils are financially sustainable and have the support of their communities.

Greens MP and Spokesperson for Local Government David Shoebridge said:

“The Coalition government has today shown its true colours on forced amalgamations by refusing to support the right of local communities to determine their own future.

“This government talks about empowering local government yet none of their actions live up to this rhetoric.

“Only a government with an anti-community agenda would oppose a resolution that supports the right of members of communities to determine the future of their own Local Councils and opposes the forced amalgamations of councils that are financially sustainable and have the support of their communities.

“The Greens have said all along that Fit for the Future is an attempt to push forced amalgamations by stealth and the government’s opposition to this motion further evidences that.

“Across NSW, people have strong links with their local council and it is undemocratic for local voices to be silenced by Premier Baird and his friends in big business.

“Forced amalgamations, bigger bureaucracies and less democracy is not the answer for local government.

“The Greens support local areas having the right to amalgamate where there is genuine community support but we will oppose any legislation that forces unwilling communities to merge.” Mr Shoebridge said.

The terms of the motion moved by the Greens and opposed by the Coalition are as follows:

Mr Shoebridge says—
Mr PRESIDENT:
I give notice that on the next sitting day I will move:
1. That this House supports the right of members of communities to determine the future of their own Local Councils.
2. That this House opposes the forced amalgamations of councils that are financially sustainable and have the support of their communities.
Media contact: David Shoebridge 9230 3030 or 0408 113 952

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