Richard Amery

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The Honourable
Richard Amery
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Mount Druitt
In office
25 May 1991 – 6 March 2015
Preceded by Seat recreated
Succeeded by Edmond Atalla
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Riverstone
In office
22 October 1983 – 3 May 1991
Preceded by Tony Johnson
Succeeded by John Aquilina
Personal details
Born Richard Sanderson Amery
(1951-03-31) 31 March 1951 (age 66)
Liverpool, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Police officer

Richard Sanderson Amery (born 31 March 1951) is a former Australian politician. He was an Australian Labor Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly from 1983 to 2015, representing the electorates of Riverstone (1983-1991) and Mount Druitt (1991-2015).[1]

Early career[edit]

Prior to entering politics, Amery spent several years in the retail industry before becoming a police officer with New South Wales Police, where he served for 13 years. At the time he resigned to take up his political work he was a senior constable.[1]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Amery was the Minister for Agriculture from 1995 to 1997, when he was allocated additional responsibilities as Minister for Land and Water Conservation. He served as minister in both portfolios until 2001, when the Land and Water Conservation was allocated to another minister and Amery took on Corrective Services.[1]

Amery returned to the backbench following the 2003 election, as part of a larger reshuffle which also saw the departure of Ministers John Aquilina (who became Speaker) and Paul Whelan (who retired from Parliament).

As the longest-serving member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, Amery is bestowed a colloquial title, Father of the House.[2] On 8 August 2014 Richard Amery had announced that he will leave politics at the next NSW state election in 2015.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Hon. Richard Sanderson Amery, MP". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 13 May 2011. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 26 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Wollongong and Shellharbour City Council Elections". Questions without Notice. Parliament of New South Wales. 5 May 2011. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/nsw-labor-veteran-richard-amery-to-retire-from-parliament/story-e6frgczx-1227020101524
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Tony Johnson
Member for Riverstone
1983–1991
Succeeded by
John Aquilina
Preceded by
District recreated
Member for Mount Druitt
1991 – 2015
Succeeded by
Edmond Atalla
Political offices
Preceded by
Ian Causley
Minister for Agriculture
1995–2003
Succeeded by
Ian Macdonald
Preceded by
Kim Yeadon
Minister for Land and Water Conservation
1997–2001
Succeeded by
Craig Knowles
as Minister for Natural Resources
Preceded by
Minister for Corrective Services
2001–2003
Succeeded by