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Biography for WOOLDRIDGE, the Hon. Dr Michael Richard Lewis

Member for Chisholm (Vic) 1987-98; Member for Casey (Vic) 1998-2001

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Chisholm, Victoria, 1987, 1990, 1993 and 1996.

Re-elected for Casey, Victoria, 1998. Retired prior to general elections 2001.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Health and Family Services from 11.3.96 to 21.10.98.

Minister for Health and Aged Care from 21.10.98 to 26.11.01.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Library from 8.10.87 to 19.5.88; Industry, Science and Technology from 8.10.87 to 19.2.90; Aboriginal Affairs from 16.5.90 to 4.5.92; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 4.5.92 to 14.9.92.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 25.5.88 to 19.2.90.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Australian Political Exchange Council Delegation to Russia, June 1992.

Official visits to USA, UK and Korea, August-September 1996; Indonesia, October 1996; Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, August 1997; Switzerland and UK, May 1998; USA and UK, July 1999; Denmark, UK, Canada and USA, July 2000; New Zealand, July 2000; USA, October 2000; China, February 2001; USA, June 2001.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 23.3.93 to 23.5.94.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 23.3.93 to 23.5.94.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 11.4.90 to 11.3.96. Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs from 11.4.90 to 23.5.92; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 23.5.92 to 7.4.93; Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Youth Affairs from 28.4.92 to 7.4.93; Education, Employment and Training from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94; Community Services, Senior Citizens and Aged Care from 26.5.94 to 31.1.95; Health and Human Resources from 31.1.95 to 11.3.96.

Chairperson, Family and Human Resources Management Group from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94.

Deputy Chairperson, Coalition Expenditure Review Committee from 7.4.93 to 17.1.94.

Party Positions

Delegate, Liberal Party State Council (Vic) 1986-87.

Member, State Health Policy Committee (Vic) 1986-87.

Various positions at branch and electorate level.

Other Positions

Member, Parliamentary Liaison Committee on AIDS 1987-90.


Born 7.11.1956 at Melbourne, Vic.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc, MBBS, MBA (Monash).

Medical practitioner.


Description: Outer metropolitan.

Location: North-east of Melbourne; it includes the centres of Chirnside Park, Croydon, Kilsyth, Lilydale, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Evelyn and Wandin.

Area: 411 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 80 213 (at 3.10.98).

Industries: Market gardens, orchards, nurseries, vineyards, light manufacturing and engineering.

State electorates: Casey includes parts of the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorates of Evelyn, Monbulk, Mooroolbark and Warrandyte.