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.”
Michael grew up, studied, fell in love, and married in Burnie. As a youth he already 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 and politics, and started his own business before starting work as a teacher in 1996.
Michael taught maths, science and IT at public secondary schools and was proud to be able to work with some wonderful young people. His continued commitment to many community organisations, especially those serving young people, led to Michael being named Tasmanian Young Achiever 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 won by more than 3000 votes. He worked on a number of parliamentary and policy committees, secured record funding for 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 Medical Research Trust as CEO. He headed the Trust for two years in its mission to advance world-class medical research in Northern Tasmania.
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 Christian faith.