Richard Farmer

Meet Richard Farmer - Independent Candidate for Kurrajong

The picture is from a collection in the National Library of notable Australians

Richard Farmer was born in Adelaide but considers himself as “Hobart smart” after being brought up in Tasmania. He began his working career in journalism with the ABC and the Launceston Examiner. Since he began his career he has worked for nearly every major newspaper in Australia and for a number of major international papers and magazines, including the London Financial Times and The Economist. He has also been a journalist and presenter on several radio and television networks including 3AW and channels 9 and 10 on Mike Willessee’s current affairs program.

Richard holds a degree from the University of Tasmania in History and Political Science.

He is well known for his management of three successful Federal Labor Party campaigns, where the Sydney Morning Herald described him as “the architect of victory” and a couple of Tasmanian State elections for Labor. He also directed and managed successful campaigns for independent candidates over several terms in the ACT Assembly.

Richard has established and managed a number of notable and innovative business operations in Canberra and throughout Australia. He set up one of Canberra’s first BYO restaurants in Kingston that achieved some fame as a political “salon” during the years of the Whitlam government. He was a partner in the famous “Charlies” and “Nobbs” restaurants and with his brother David established the Farmer Brothers Wine Stores, first in Canberra and then in Sydney and Melbourne including a huge mail order business.

He has also worked as a political and economic consultant on the Tariffs for the Japanese External Trade Relations Organisation, the Commonwealth Public Service Board, News Corporation, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, the Canberra Raiders and an extensive range of major local and national companies. Later he founded Canbet, an internet company and guided the company to its ASX listing as its initial chairman.

Sport and involvement and support for national and local sporting activities has played a major part in Richard’s life. He is a former Director of the North Melbourne AFL Football Club and has a long and close attachment to the Canberra Raiders. Along with Fred Daly he established and ran the “Save the Raiders” rugby league team appeal in the early 1990s. He maintains close ties with many of the sporting clubs in Canberra.

Richard had never considered entering politics as a candidate until the day that Chief Minister Andrew Barr rudely pointed out, the quite obvious fact, that he was old and called him a liar. Additionally Richard had become increasingly aware of the major poor governance and chaotic, unfair and unconsultative decisions which were being made by the incumbent government. He was particularly concerned at the effect that recent decisions supporting the casino would have on the local community club industry which did so much to support social activities, sport and recreation in Canberra

Richard has a passion for Canberra and as one of the founders of Canberra Community Voters is contesting the election as an Independent for Kurrajong and was one of the original formulators and drafters of the voter-sensitive policies of Canberra Community Voters.

These are:

 We want our ACT government to make fully planned evidence-based decisions.

 We want an open and transparent ACT government, able to make decisions only after proper community consultation

 We want an effective freedom of information policy.

 We want an anti-corruption and pro-integrity commission.

These policies affect the foundation of our Government. They ensure a better government. They help build a better community.

We all want a better community. We all want a better voice.

Use your voice to vote for Richard Farmer, Independent for Kurrajong

Use your voice to oppose big parties and big party policies.

Contact Us


You can contact our convener Richard Farmer at 0450 735918

6 Lads Place, Dunlop ACT 2615

Authorised by Richard Farmer on behalf of Canberra Community Voters