Richard Di Natale
(born 6 June 1970) is an Australian
politician and member of the Victorian Greens
. Di Natale was elected to the Australian Senate
in the 2010 Australian federal election
. He was the lead Senate Candidate in the 2007 federal election
but was narrowly defeated, despite achieving a primary vote above 10 percent.
Di Natale is a public health specialist and drug and alcohol clinician. He has worked on HIV prevention and drug treatment in developing countries, as a general practitioner in remote indigenous communities and in a number of different public health settings.
Early life and education
Di Natale was born in Melbourne
in 1970 to Italian immigrant parents and grew up in Melbourne's northern suburbs. He graduated with a medical degree from Monash University
and has a Masters in Public Health, a Masters in Health Sciences and is a Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine.
In 2004, Di Natale was the Greens second Senate candidate, behind David Risstrom
, who missed out on winning a Senate spot.
In both 2002 and 2006, Di Natale was narrowly defeated in the seat of Melbourne in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, almost de-seating the Labor health minister Bronwyn Pike. Richard received 48% of the two party preferred vote in both elections, missing out on a win. Di Natale has acted as health... Read More