Warren Stephen Mundine (born 11 August 1956 in Grafton, New South Wales) is an Australian Aboriginal leader and the former National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP). He is a member of the Bundjalung people. He quit the Labor Party in 2012.
Mundine was the ninth of 11 children in his family, eight boys and three girls. He was raised a Catholic. In 1963, the family moved to Sydney and settled in the western suburb of Auburn. Mundine went to a Catholic school, Benedict Marist Brothers College. After leaving school, he found work as a fitter and machinist, sewerage worker and then
In 1975 he married Jenny Rose having two children with her. He worked as a barman at night and as an office trolley boy during the day. Later going back night college to earn his Higher School Certificate. Following a job at the Australian Taxation Office, Mundine moved to Adelaide, studying at the South Australian Institute of Technology, which later became the University of South Australia. After Jenny Ross left he got custody of both children.
In 1983 Mundine met his second wife Lynette Riley, marrying her in 1984.
He also married Riley for a second time in 2003. When they first married, it was not in a Catholic church but in St Andrew's Congregational Church in Balmain. This bothered Mundine, so they renewed their vows in St Brigid's Catholic Church, Dubbo, to celebrate 20 years together
After multiple affairs during his second marriage Mundine left Lynette who changed her married surname back to Riley.
When he has spoken about his divorce, Mundine has been contrite but brief, saying that when he became ALP president he succumbed to temptation and got what he deserved.
Riley, a senior lecturer in Aboriginal education at Sydney University, has not previously spoken of the disintegration of their marriage. But asked her view of Mundine's rise, she replies, "I think he has sold out his family and his culture. I think he gave up his good Aboriginal wife and kids so he could do that.
Mundine told The Catholic Weekly, "I pray to God every night, to thank him for what I have and talk about my issues and problems'.
Mundine worked in the New South Wales public service, including a stint as the CEO of the New South Wales Native Title Service. In 1995, he successfully stood as an independent candidate for Dubbo City Council in central-west NSW, later becoming deputy mayor, a position he held until 2004. He was a long-time member of the ALP and before becoming National President of the party, he previously served as its Senior Vice-President and as a member of the Australian Government's National Indigenous Council. He won the 2005 Bennelong Medal for service to the Aboriginal community.
Warren Mundine is also a Director of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and the Chairman of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Mundine expressed an interest in becoming Labor's first federal indigenous parliamentarian when Mark Arbib resigned from the Senate in March 2012, but Bob Carr was selected for the position. In November 2012, Mundine told The Australian newspaper that he had quit the Labor Party. He said he had been a supporter of "Hawke-Keating Labor, where it was about economic development, and progress, and working with unions to get good outcomes for everyone", but that the ALP by 2012 was "no longer the party I joined" and had failed to keep up with the Conservative parties in selecting indigenous candidates. Mundine maintained his interest in indigenous advocacy in his role as Andrew Forrest's Pilbara Mining indigenous charity Generation One.
- The Bennelong Society (2006). Recipients of the Bennelong Medal. Retrieved 28 May 2006.
- Australian Labor Party (2006). Warren Mundine Begins Term As ALP National President. Retrieved 28 May 2006.
- ALP biography
- Labor's great black hope, The Australian, December 2005 
- VIDEO Warren Mundine and Marcia Langton talk about the need for a new dialogue on Indigenous Affairs on ABC FORA