Richard was elected as Senator for Tasmania in 2002. He has held several parliamentary roles in the Australian Government, including in the areas of agriculture, forestry, finance, industry, science, research, and trade and Investment.

As Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, Richard is responsible for the delivery of aged care services (including residential and home care packages), aged care sector regulation and Senior Australians. As Minister for Sport, he has a strong focus on local and community sport.

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