Richard Alston (politician)
Born in Perth,
Western Australia, he was educated at the Jesuit Xavier College, the University of Melbourneand Monash University, graduating in law, arts and commerce. He was a barrister before entering politics.
May 7 1986Alston was appointed by the Parliament of Victoriaunder section 15 of the Australian Constitutionto fill the vacancy in the Australian Senate caused by the death of Senator Alan Missen. He was re-elected in 1987, 1990, 1996 and 2001.cite web|url=http://parlinfoweb.aph.gov.au/piweb/TranslateWIPILink.aspx?Folder=BIOGS&Criteria=NAME_ID:LD4%3B|title=Biography for ALSTON, the Hon. Richard Kenneth Robert|Publisher=Parliament of Australia Parliamentary Library|accessdate=2007-11-30]
Alston was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 1989 to 1996, and was Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate 1993-96. He was Minister for Communications and the Arts 1996-97, Minister for Communications, the Information Economy and the Arts 1997-98 and Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts 1998-2003. He was also Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate 1996-2003.
Due to his efforts to regulate the
Internetwithin Australia, including attempts to ban online gambling, and make email forwarding illegal, he was dubbed 'the world's biggest luddite'. [http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/03/28/this_man_must/]
From February 2005 to February 2008, Alston was
Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdomin London.
Alston's brother is renowned human rights academic
* [http://www.australia.org.uk/lhlh/HCbiog.html Biography of the High Commissioner] , Australian High Commission to the United Kingdom
* [http://www.dcita.gov.au/Alston/ Speeches and media releases by Richard Alston as a minister]
* [http://www.smh.com.au/news/people/john-howard-in-line-for-royal-honour/2008/02/08/1202234157863.html/ Sydney Morning Herald 9 Feb]
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