June 14, 2013 | Graham

Got any good Joe Richards stories?

Joe Richards, while at school at Villanova College, Coorparoo, borrowed a priest’s regalia, and took himself up to Loretto College, offering to hear the girls’ confessions. I’m not sure how far he got, but I vaguely remembered the incident when reminded by Janine Walker before our ABC radio spot this morning.

She also told me that Richards supplied Paul Keating with his Zegna suits, all from his store in Woolloongabba.

There’s got to be better stuff than that out there, so I thought I’d leave this post as a sort of open thread on one of Brisbane’s more memorable characters. Leave a comment, or send me an email.

Posted by Graham at 10:36 am | Comments (5) |
Filed under: Australian Politics


  1. So now he’s a cult figure. Are you walking past his behaviour with this chummy post? Get him off the menu!

    Comment by Kevin Rennie — June 14, 2013 @ 11:19 am

  2. Who is Joe Richards? As a non-Queenslander I have never heard of him.

    Comment by rossco — June 14, 2013 @ 11:28 am

  3. OK, I have now seen your other post and I see who Joe Richards is. Still wouldn’t know anything about his past.

    Comment by rossco — June 14, 2013 @ 11:31 am

  4. I reckon there’s a good story in Joe, so why not try to elicit it Kevin. He’s got more Labor mates than Liberal ones, so if his behaviour is a problem for the Libs it’s more so for the Labs.

    But what with The Age via Leunig poking fun at Abbott’s genitals http://www.3aw.com.au/blogs/neil-mitchell-blog/leunigs-tony-abbott-cartoon-has-he-crossed-the-line/20130614-2o8dl.html and the apparent discovery of a risque menu from a Labor fundraiser http://polliter.com/2013/06/13/scoop-alp-menu-worse-than-lnp/ seems there’s plenty of toilet humour around, but only one event that people are taking offence at.

    Comment by Graham — June 14, 2013 @ 12:50 pm

  5. Graham

    His behaviour is a problem full-stop! The mates culture is part of the problem. Tired of calling sexist and racist remarks in men’s toilets.

    Comment by Kevin Rennie — June 14, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

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