|Minister for Planning|
|Assumed office |
4 December 2014
|Preceded by||Matthew Guy|
|Minister for Housing|
Minister for Local Government
29 November 2006 – 2 December 2010
|Preceded by||Candy Broad|
|Succeeded by||Jeanette Powell|
|Minister for Aboriginal Affairs|
August 2007 – 2 December 2010
|Preceded by||Gavin Jennings|
|Succeeded by||Jeanette Powell|
|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Assumed office |
18 September 1999
|Preceded by||Demetri Dollis|
|96th Lord Mayor of Melbourne|
|Preceded by||William Deveney|
|Succeeded by||Richard Meldrum|
|Born||6 October 1955|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Political party||Labor Party|
Richard William Wynne (born 6 October 1955) is an Australian politician. He has been a Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 1999, representing the electorate of Richmond. He has been Minister for Planning in the Andrews Ministry since December 2014. He previously served as Parliamentary Secretary for Justice (1999–2002), Cabinet Secretary (2002–2006), Minister for Housing (2006–2010), Minister for Local Government (2006–2010) and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (2007–2010) in the Bracks Ministry and Brumby Ministry. He is a member of the Labor Party and a member of the Socialist Left faction.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Wynne was a social worker, an electorate officer and a ministerial adviser to state and federal Labor ministers. He was a councillor for the City of Melbourne 1986–91, including a term as Lord Mayor of Melbourne 1990–91.
- 1 Childhood, education and early career
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Melbourne city councillor and Lord Mayor of Melbourne
- 2.2 The Cain and Kirner state labor governments
- 2.3 Keating federal Labor government
- 2.4 State member for Richmond, the Bracks and Brumby state Labor governments
- 2.5 Minister for Housing, Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
- 3 Other interests
- 4 Corkman pub case
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Childhood, education and early career
Richard Wynne grew up in the once working class, inner-city suburb of North Melbourne. He attended St. Joseph's Christian Brothers College in Queensberry Street, North Melbourne (later known as St Joseph's College, Melbourne). He completed his Higher School Certificate (HSC) in 1972.
Richard completed a Diploma in Youth Work in 1977 at Coburg State College, a Bachelor of Social Work in 1982 and a Diploma in Criminology in 1985 at the University of Melbourne. Pursuing a career in social justice, Richard Wynne worked as a Social Worker at the Flemington Community Health Centre from 1982 to 1988.
Melbourne city councillor and Lord Mayor of Melbourne
Richard Wynne was elected to the Melbourne City Council representing North Melbourne wards from 1986–91, and was elected as Lord Mayor of Melbourne from 1990–91. During his term as Lord Mayor, he was part of Melbourne's unsuccessful bid for the 1996 Olympic Games (that was won by Atlanta). A keen sports fan, Wynne oversaw plans to rebuild the Great Southern Stand at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The Cain and Kirner state labor governments
He served as electorate officer (1988–90) to the Honourable Barry Pullen MLC, state member for Melbourne Province, (in the Cain state Labor government), and as ministerial adviser to Pullen when he was Minister for Housing in the succeeding Kirner Labor government 1990–91. He was an adviser to the Hon. Andrew McCutcheon, MLA for St Kilda (abolished), Victorian Minister for Planning and Housing, from 1991 to 1992. The Kirner Labor government was defeated by the Liberal Party led by Jeff Kennett at the state election of 1992.
Keating federal Labor government
Richard served as senior adviser to Hon. Brian Howe MHR, federal member for Batman, Australian Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services, 1993–96. The Keating federal Labor government was defeated by the Liberal Party led by John Howard at the federal general election of 1996. In the years 1996–99 Richard Wynne was a consultant to local councils, preparation for his later career as Minister for Local Government.
State member for Richmond, the Bracks and Brumby state Labor governments
The state member for Richmond (1988–99), Demitri Dollis, was disendorsed by the Labor Party (Victorian Branch) in August 1999 after an extended stay out of the country, working with the newly elected Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) government in Greece. Richard Wynne was preselected for the now vacant seat of Richmond.
At the September 1999 Victorian state election, the statewide result was decided by three independents who supported the formation of the minority Bracks State Labor Government. Richard Wynne won the then safe Labor seat of Richmond comfortably. Richard Wynne was elected to the sub-cabinet post of Parliamentary Secretary for Justice after the election and served until the state election in 2002. The role assisting the reformist Attorney General Rob Hulls gave Richard the opportunity to push for law reform in the area of Gay and Lesbian Rights (a strong constituency in his inner-city seat).
The Bracks state Labor government was returned in a landslide result in 2002, but the new phenomenon of the Victorian Greens Party scoring strong results in the inner city seats of Melbourne saw Wynne go to preferences in the once-safe Labor seat. Previously Labor candidates in inner city seats would either win in their own right, or be helped over the line against Liberal candidates by (preferentially eliminated) Greens (and other) preferences. Richard was promoted to Cabinet Secretary in the Bracks state Labor government following the 2002 election, which he held until 2006.
Minister for Housing, Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
Following the successful re-election of the Bracks Labor Government in Victoria in November 2006, Richard Wynne was appointed by the Premier Steve Bracks to the twin roles of Minister for Housing (following in the footsteps of his mentor, Barry Pullen) and Minister for Local Government.
One of Wynne's stated goals as Minister for Housing is to solve the current rent crisis sweeping Australia, as investors turn to booming commodities and share markets for better return over the property market. In April 2007, Richard Wynne, as Local Government Minister, was central to the development of the groundbreaking Victorian Statewide Relationship Register as part of his ongoing involvement in Gay and Lesbian law reform.
After the unexpected resignation of Premier Steve Bracks and the subsequent appointing of new Premier John Brumby, Wynne was given a third portfolio as Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, as well as maintaining his previous roles of Minister for Housing and Minister for Local Government in Premier Brumby's new cabinet.
Corkman pub case
main article Carlton Inn - Court case
Wynne started a case in 2016 to prosecute rogue developers that had demolished a heritage-listed pub, the Carlton Inn. Initially, the case saw the developers fined in Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. However, in 2019, before the case was to appear in court, he cut a deal with the developers allowing them to build a 12-storey tower on the site instead of rebuilding the pub, as long as they did it by 2022, with possible financial benefits for the developers from the tower construction. There was criticism from parties to the case, and the National Trust. Following the deal being cut with the developers, there was criticism from the state opposition and various groups, with comments that Wynne had effectively "waved the white flag" to developers, possibly encouraging them to knock down heritage-listed properties for further redevelopment. Both heritage groups and the state opposition demanded that the government compulsory acquire the land under section 172 of the Planning and Environment Act. 
- "Hon Richard Wynne". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- Austin, Paul (7 February 2006). "Six Victorian MPs facing the boot". The Age. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
- Transcript of speech by Lord Mayor Wynne to Olympic Selection Committee delegates in 1990
- Interview Steve Bracks disendorses two MPs, ABC PM Program, 31 August 1999, Mark Willacy
- Labor brings in two high profile replacements before poll, AAP General News (Australia), 1 September 1999
- Defeated now, but Senate in the bag, 1 December 2002, Gay Alcorn, The Melbourne Age
- Super idea to ease rent crisis John Ferguson, Herald Sun, 28 February 2007.
- "Corkman Cowboys Cut Deal With Minister And City Council on Pub Site"
- "Push for state to forcibly acquire corkman site from cowboy developers", Clay Lucas, The Age – 1 June 2019
- Smith, Tim. "Government should Acquire Corkman Site for Social Housing". The Age.
- Parliamentary voting record of Richard Wynne at Victorian Parliament Tracker
- Richard Wynne MP's local member website
- Richard Wynne's entry in the Victorian Parliament's RE-Member biographical database website
- Richard Wynne's entry on the Victorian Premier & Cabinet website
- Richard Wynne's entry on the ALP Victorian Branch website
| Lord Mayor of Melbourne
| Parliamentary Secretary for Justice
| Cabinet Secretary
| Minister for Housing
| Minister for Local Government
| Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
| Minister for Planning
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
| Member for Richmond