John Richard “Johno” Johnson was a well-known trade unionist, Labor personality and member of the NSW Legislative Council from 1976 to 2001. During his time in parliament — which included 13 years as President of the Legislative Council — Johno worked to build and strengthen the character of the ALP and cultivate new talent within the party. Johno also engaged in extensive charity work, and was a chairman of the board of the Cancer Council in addition to being a volunteer for several religious charities.
We see Johno as a good example of someone who embodied the ideals of this Forum. Despite his strong faith commitment, Johno never fell into the trap of dogmatism, and managed to find in many distant from his beliefs a sympathetic outlook. He was a consensus builder, and was able to see the common ground between competing ideologies.