Liberal Member for Bass
Minister for Health
Minister for Information Technology and Innovation
Leader of Government Business
Michael entered political life determined to make a real difference and improve the lives of Tasmanians. His vision is “for Tasmanians to be the happiest people, enjoying the best quality of life in Australia”. Everything he has done in public life whether in local, state or federal levels of government is so local families can get ahead and plan their future with confidence.
Michael grew up, studied and married in Northern Tasmania. As a youth he displayed a passion for community work and charitable causes. He achieved two degrees at UTAS, a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Applied Science, developed new interests in youth work, radio and politics, and started his own business before working as a high school teacher in 1996.
Michael taught maths, science and IT at state secondary schools and is very thankful to have worked with so many wonderful students and fellow teachers. His continued commitment to many community organisations, especially those serving young people, led to Michael being named Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year for 2002 by the National Australia Day Committee. That was also the year Michael was elected to the Meander Valley Council.
In 2004 he was chosen by the Liberal Party to contest the Federal seat of Bass and was elected. He worked on a number of parliamentary and policy committees, secured record funding for health, road, infrastructure and education facilities, and helped improve shipping between Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands.
After a narrow defeat at the 2007 election Michael proudly served the Clifford Craig Foundation as CEO. In this role he advanced its mission to advance world-class medical research in Northern Tasmania and encouraging more specialists to the LGH.
In 2010 he topped the poll in Bass to be elected as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament and served as a Shadow Minister for four years. He was returned in 2014 and appointed Minister for Health, Minister for Information Technology and Innovation and Leader of Government Business in the House.
Michael strongly believes in the time-honoured values of hard work, self-discipline and personal integrity all underpinned by his Christian faith.