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Monday, 11 August 2014

Typewriting Politician Retires to Join Typosphere

Australia's only typewriting politician, Richard Amery of Sydney, today announced his retirement from politics and his intention to start blogging on typewriters.
Richard is the Labor Party Member of the New South Wales Parliament for Mount Druitt. 
Richard in his Parliamentary Office.
He announced he will retire from State Parliament at the next Election in March 2015, when he will turn 64.
The announcement will bring to an end a career of 32 years in Parliament. During this time, Richard represented the State seat of Riverstone from 1983 to 1991 and Mount Druitt from 1991. He was a member of the Shadow Cabinet from 1988 to 1995, holding the positions of Shadow Minister for Natural Resources, Consumer Affairs, Water Resources, Senior Citizens and Co-operative Societies. Following the election of the Carr Labor Government in 1995, Richard became Minister for Agriculture and at other times also held the position of Minister for Land and Water Conservation and Minister for Corrective Services. Following the defeat of the Labor Government in 2011, Richard served as the Opposition Whip, a position he still holds.
Richard is his Electoral Office
“The question of when I was going to retire has been a consideration for me for a number of years," said Richard. “You don’t get over three decades in Parliament without great support at home, and I have been fortunate to have my wife, Marie, supporting me all the way and bringing up our two children and supporting our extended family, including four grandchildren." 
The New South Wales Branch of the Australian Labor Party has called nominations for the State seat of Mount Druitt, with nominations opening this week.
I feel certain Typospherians will welcome Richard to their fold when he launches his typewriter blog. For more than three years now Richard has been an avid follower of this blog and of the Typospherian blogs on my blog roll.
Richard has used typewriters on a daily basis for more than 40 years and has a collection of almost 150 typewriters, including easily the most complete collection of Imperial Good Companions in this country. A few of his IGCs can be seen here:
Opening the Canberra Museum and Gallery Typewriter Exhibition 2012
Opening the Australian Typewriter Museum 2007
Opening the Corona Typewriter Centenary Exhibition 2009.
Now, what can I blog about?


Bill M said...

Now that is what I call typing a political statement.

Good to see Mr. Amery is going to blog. I look forward to reading it.

Ted said...

Oooh, that should be a fascinating read and a great addition to the blogrolls!

PS: I loved that ribbon cutting pic. :D

Richard P said...

Congratulations to Richard Amery on his public service and retirement. Looking forward to the blog!

Spiderwebz said...

A very good reason to start retirement after working halve of your life in politics! Welcome to the Typosphere Mr. Amery. :-)