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FORSHAW, Michael GeorgeBiography for FORSHAW, Michael George

Senator for (NSW)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Chosen by the Parliament of New South Wales on 10.5.1994 under section 15 of the Constitution to represent that State in the Senate, vice Hon. G Richardson (resigned). Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 1998. Re-elected 2004. Retired with the expiration of term 2011.


Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative, Australian Political Exchange Council from June 2008 to 30.6.11


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 12.2.02 to 27.8.02

Temporary Chair of Committees from 9.8.05 to 30.6.11


Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 12.5.1994 to 23.9.1997; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.3.1995 to 30.5.1995; Senators' Interests from 13.2.2002 to 30.6.2011.

Senate Select: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Management and Operations from 22.9.1994 to 30.3.1995; Aircraft Noise in Sydney from 23.3.1995 to 30.11.1995; Dangers of Radioactive Waste from 1.9.1995 to 30.12.1995; Lucas Heights Reactor from 17.8.2000 to 24.5.2001; Medicare from 15.5.2003 to 11.2.2004; Mental Health from 10.3.2005 to 28.4.2006; State Government Financial Management from 14.2.2008 to 18.9.2008.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 12.5.1994 to 10.10.1994; Employment, Education and Training: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Employment, Education and Training: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.5.1997; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 10.10.1994 to 29.4.1996; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 2.5.1996 to 23.9.1997 (Chair from 9.5.1996 to 19.6.1997); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 1.7.1996 to 29.5.1997; Community Affairs: Legislation from 14.5.1997 to 9.11.1998; Community Affairs: References from 29.5.1997 to 3.12.1998; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References from 4.9.1997 to 11.2.2002; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation from 4.9.1997 to 11.2.2002; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation from 13.2.2002 to 11.9.2006; Finance and Public Administration: References from 13.2.2002 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 14.2.2002 to 11.9.2006); Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.2006 to 14.5.2008; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 28.2.2007 to 14.5.2009; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 14.5.2009 to 30.6.2011; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 14.5.2009 to 30.6.2011.

Senate Estimates: A from 12.5.1994 to 10.10.1994.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 12.5.1994 to 29.1.1996; Public Works from 14.2.2002 to 1.7.2005; Public Works from 9.11.2005 to 28.2.2007; Public Works from 14.2.2008 to 30.6.2011; Intelligence and Security from 15.5.2008 to 30.6.2011.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.1996 to 4.9.1997; Electoral Matters from 1.12.2004 to 9.11.2005; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 14.2.2008 to 30.6.2011 (Chair from 14.2.2008 to 30.6.2011).

Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 15.2.1999 to 30.8.1999.


Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Poland, Hungary and Germany, September-October 1996

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to New Zealand, May 2001

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK and the Netherlands, November-December 2002

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USA, September-December 2007

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Switzerland and France, October 2010


Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary representing the Shadow Minister for Health in the Senate from 27.3.1997 to 26.8.1997.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Ministers for Health and Primary Industries from 26.8.1997 to 20.10.1998.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary representing the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in the Senate from 20.10.1998 to 22.11.2001.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services from 23.8.2002 to 26.10.2004.


Party Positions

Member, ALP NSW Branch Review Tribunal and Economic Policy Committee

Delegate, ALP Annual State Conferences (NSW) and National Conference

Delegate, State and Federal Electorate Councils

Member, ALP Branch Organisational Review Committee (NSW)

Member, ALP from 1967

President, ALP Engadine Branch 1982-94

ALP International Secretary from 2006


Personal

Born 11.1.1952, Sydney, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Hons) (Syd)

LL.B (UNSW)

Electorate officer, Senator the Hon. JR McClelland, Minister for Labor and Immigration 1975

Employment Officer, Dept of Labor and Immigration 1975-76

Senior Industrial Officer, Australian Workers' Union (AWU) 1981-89

Admitted as Barrister, NSW 1985

Executive Member, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1989-93

AWU Assistant General Secretary 1989-91

AWU General Secretary 1991-93

AWU-FIME Joint National Secretary 1993-94

Council Member, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 1993