About This Author

Richard Farmer has extensive experience in politics, journalism and gambling. He worked for several politicians as an adviser between 1977 and 1990 and for the fledgling government of Croatia in 1992. As a lobbyist his clients have included Rupert Murdoch's News Limited and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society. Over 40 years of experience in the wagering industry, both as a businessman and a punter, included being one of the founding shareholders, and later Chairman, of internet bookmaker Canbet.

Political adviser and consultant

• Advised many Australian companies on political matters and government affairs.
• Clients included the accountants PriceWaterhouse Coopers, grocery wholesaler Davids Holdings, News Limited, Kerry Stokes, the Canberra Raiders rugby league team, the Australian National University , Denison Mines of Canada, the AFL Commission, the Australian Associated Brewers, John Singleton Advertising, the Government of Croatia, the Confederation of Australian Sport and the CFMEU trade union.
• Election campaign tactician and media adviser to three federal leaders of the ALP – Whitlam, Hayden and Hawke – and to state Labor leaders in NSW and Tasmania . Described on page one of the Sydney Morning Herald as "the architect of victory" after Hawke's election win of 1987.
• Wrote and directed the television commercials for the successful 1990 campaign.
• Canberra consultant for the Liberal Country Party Government of the Northern Territory .

Journalist and commentator

After an initial cadetship with the ABC in Hobart worked in a variety of jobs in journalism including periods as political correspondent for the Sunday Australian, The Bulletin and the Sydney Daily Telegraph. Australian correspondent for the Financial Times of London and The Economist magazine. Wine writer for Gourmet Traveller magazine. Interviewer on the Channel Nine Sunday program for two years and commentator on radio 3AW in Melbourne . While working with Maxwell Newton edited a chain of South Coast NSW country papers.

Richard Farmer is a member in these Nations:

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American_Politics Member 400 3554 43989 Sep 2010
Artsvine Member 1095 1672 4759 Oct 2006
Australian Politics Member 8 221 2862 Nov 2006
Australian Viners Member 14 448 7940 Jan 2007
Chocolate Dreams Member 256 85 387 Feb 2007
Classical Gas Member 18 48 8 Nov 2010
Climate Change Member 1297 1294 9392 Nov 2006
Foodies! Member 534 1465 4967 Nov 2006
Footyvine Admin 260 608 1184 Nov 2006
Outside the States Member 72 470 4449 Jun 2013
Reigning Critters Member 74 890 3052 Jan 2007
Stating the Obvious Admin 7 55 165 Aug 2007
Sweeter Fennel Member 361 3251 7088 Nov 2006