Richard Jones (New South Wales politician)

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Richard Stanley Leigh Jones (born 16 February 1940) was a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council from 13 March 1988 to 28 February 2003.

Born in Epsom, Surrey, England, educated at Downsend School and Epsom College,[1] he emigrated to Australia in 1965. He joined the Australia Party in 1971 and later the Australian Democrats, and was elected twice to the parliament as a Democrats candidate. He left the party in 1996 whilst still a sitting member and turned Independent, after endorsing Australian Labor Party candidates in the 1996 Federal election.

He was the first convenor of Friends of the Earth Australia and assisted in the founding of Greenpeace in Australia.[2] During his time in parliament, he voiced concern abount environmental issues, including destruction of sand dunes at Myall Lakes.

Beyond his dedication to green politics and animal rights issues, he was also a vigorous proponent of alternative medicine; speaking several times in parliament in favour of homoeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine.

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  1. ^ "Richard Stanley Leigh Jones (1940 - )". New South Wales Government. Retrieved 4 May 2012. Richard Stanley Leigh Jones (1940- ), activist and parliamentarian, was born at Epsom, Surrey in the UK, son of Edward and Marjorie Jones. He was educated at Downsend School and Epsom College before settling in Australia in 1965. He worked in advertising and publishing and from the late 1960s onward was an activist for environmental, human rights and animal welfare causes. 
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