Minister for Infrastructure and Transport
Minister for Planning
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 has committed his time in public life to local, state and Federal levels of government.
Michael grew up, studied and married in Northern Tasmania. 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 interests in youth work, radio and politics. He started his own business before working as a high school teacher in 1996.
Michael taught maths, science and IT at state secondary schools. His continued commitment to many community organisations led him to being named Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year for 2002 by the National Australia Day Committee. That year Michael was elected to the Meander Valley Council.
From 2004 to 2007 he served as Federal Member for Bass. In that role he worked on a number of parliamentary and policy committees, secured funding for health, road, infrastructure, education and improved shipping between Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. Michael served the Clifford Craig Foundation as CEO, advancing its mission for world class medical research in Northern Tasmania.
In 2010 he was elected as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament and was returned each election since.
Michael currently serves the Tasmanian people as Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure & Transport and Minister for Planning. Previous portfolios include Health, Finance, Local Government, Housing, State Growth, Small Business, Science & Technology, Police, Fire & Emergency Management and Leader of the House.
Michael strongly believes in the values of hard work, self-discipline and personal integrity all underpinned by his Christian faith.