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Biography for HODGMAN, the Hon. (William) Michael, QC

Member for Denison (Tas) 1975-87

Liberal Party

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Tasmanian Legislative Council for Huon 1966. Re-elected 1972.

Resigned April 1974.

Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Denison, Tasmania, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983 and 1984.

Defeated at general elections 1987.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for the Capital Territory from 3.11.80 to 11.3.83.

Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce from 3.11.80 to 11.3.83.

Committee Service

State: Standing: Privileges 1972-74; Deputy Chairman Standing Committee B of the Australian Constitutional Convention 1973-74.

Select: Gordon River Power Development, 1967-68; Day-light Saving, 1969; Chairman, Inquiring into the need for a second Huon Bridge, 1971-72; Chairman, Road Safety (Alcohol and Drugs) Act 1970, 1972-73; Long Service (Casual Employees) Act, 1972-73; Off-course Totalisator Betting, 1973-74.

Federal: House of Representatives Standing: Privileges from 3.3.76 to 19.9.80 and from 11.5.83 to 5.6.87; Procedure from 28.2.85 to 5.6.87.

Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 4.12.80 to 4.2.83.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

State: Member, Tasmanian Delegation to the Australian Constitutional Conventions 1973 and 1975.

Federal: Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Delegation to the Australian Constitutional Convention, Perth 1978.

Member, 66th IPU Conference, Caracas, September 1979.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 16.3.83 to 9.9.85. Spokesman on Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 16.3.83 to 14.12.84; on Housing and Construction from 14.12.84 to 9.9.85.


Born 16.11.38 at Hobart, Tasmania.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (Tas).


MLC for the seat of Huon, Tasmania (see Parliamentary Service above).

Convenor, Tasmanian Constitutional League.

Vice-President, Tasmanian Bar Association 1972-74.

Tasmanian Racing Committee Member from 1965; Vice-Chairman from 1979.

Honorary legal adviser AJA (Tas).

Appointed Queen's Counsel, February 1984.

Military Service



Description: Metropolitan - residential suburban and industrial.

Location: Following the 1984 Federal redistribution includes the city of Hobart, the centres of Elwick, Glenorchy, Moonah, Mt Nelson, New Town, Queenborough and Sandy Bay, and parts of Claremont, New Norfolk and Taroona.

Area: 188 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 60 285 (at 1.12.84).

Industries: Light engineering, zinc production, fruit processing, brewery, port facilities, commercial and administrative.

State electorates: Denison is co-extensive with the Tasmanian House of Assembly electorate of the same name.