Richardson receives Packers' money to lobby for them

Radio presenter Graham Richardson has been employed as a lobbyist for the Packer family's interests since May 1994.

According to The West Australian of 24 February 2001, The Sydney Morning Herald has reported this, and that his contract was worth at least $100,000 a year.

"Radio station 2GB has revealed its presenters are giving the kings of talkback radio, Alan Jones and John Laws, a run for their money when it comes to earning cash from outside promotional deals.

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"2GB's register of third party contracts, required under a new broadcasting standard, confirms that drive-time host and former minister, Graham Richardson, has been employed as a lobbyist for the Packer family's interests since May 1994."

-- The West Australian, "Chat kings' radio rivals cash in too," February 24 2001, p 38.

Mr Richardson was a minister in the Whitlam Labor Government which lasted from 1972 to 1975, until the then Governor-General Sir John Kerr dismissed the ministry and appointed a Liberal Fraser as Prime Minister on condition that he called an early election. The voters turned to the Liberal-National coalition, in a sense vindicating the Vice-regal decision, but left-wing and "super-patriotic" writers have overlooked that fact in their bitterness against the use of the Royal power to unravel a dead end. Unfortunately, the Coalition leaders accentuated the "market and competition economy" theories of the Whitlam Government -- John Massam, February and March 2001.

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