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LEE, the Hon. Michael JohnBiography for LEE, the Hon. Michael John

Member for Dobell (NSW) 1984-2001

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Dobell, New South Wales, 1984, 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1998. Defeated at general elections 2001.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Resources from 24.3.93 to 23.12.93.

Minister for Tourism from 24.3.93 to 11.3.96.

Minister for Communications from 23.12.93 to 30.1.94.

Minister for Communications and the Arts from 30.1.94 to 11.3.96.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Industry, Science and Technology from 16.5.90 (Chair from 17.5.90) to 8.2.93; Transport, Communications and Infrastructure from 16.5.90 to 23.8.90; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 30.5.96 to 26.6.96.

House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.91 (Chair from 22.8.91) to 25.3.92.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 8.10.87 to 24.3.88; Public Works from 29.5.96 to 26.6.96.

Joint: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 17.5.90 to 8.2.93; Parliamentary Zone from 12.9.91 to 8.2.93.

Joint Standing: New Parliament House from 28.2.85 to 19.2.90; Electoral Matters from 21.10.87 (Chair from 22.10.87) to 19.2.90.

Joint Select: Electoral Reform from 20.3.85 to 5.6.87; Telecommunications Interception from 13.6.86 to 20.11.86.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, July-August 1988.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Parliamentary Institutions, Switzerland, Belgium and France, September-October 1990.

Member, Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade visit to Papua New Guinea, February-March 1991.

Observer, Nepalese Elections, May 1991.

Leader, 87th IPU Conference, Yaounde, Cameroon, April 1992.

Official visits to Russia and the Ukraine, April 1992; Republic of Korea, May 1993; Indonesia, Singapore, China, Japan and Republic of Korea, September 1993; Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, UK and France, July 1994; Hong Kong, China and Republic of Korea, May 1995; Chile, Argentina, Brazil, USA and Indonesia, September 1995.

Deputy Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the 43rd CPA Conference, Mauritius, and bilateral visit to South Africa, September 1997.

Study tour, UK and Ireland, September-October 1999; China and North Korea, May 2000.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 19.3.96 to 22.11.01. Shadow Minister for Health from 20.3.96 to 20.10.98; Shadow Minister for Education from 20.10.98 to 22.11.01.

Party Positions

Secretary, Cook Young Labor Association 1976-78.

President, UNSW ALP Club 1978.

Secretary, Tuggerah State Electorate Council 1982-84.

President, ALP Toukley Branch 1984.

Secretary, Wyong Municipal Committee 1984.


Born 24.3.1957, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BSc, BE (Hons) (UNSW).

Construction and Maintenance Engineer, NSW Electricity Commission.


Description: Provincial.

Location: Central coast of New South Wales; it includes the centres of Bateau Bay, Berkeley Vale, Gorokan, Ourimbah, The Entrance, Tuggerah, Wamberal, Wyoming and Wyong.

Area: 931 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 82 861 (at 3.10.98).

Industries: Fruit, vegetables, manufacturing industries, prawning, fishing, tourism and mixed farming.

State electorates: Dobell includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of The Entrance, and parts of Gosford, Peats and Wyong.