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FORSHAW, Michael GeorgeBiography for FORSHAW, Michael George

Senator for New South Wales 1994-2011

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 the Hon. GF Richardson (resigned) (term ended 30.6.1999). Elected 1998 (term began 1.7.1999) and 2004. Retired at 2010 general elections (term ended 30.6.2011).

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative on the 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 and from 9.8.05 to 30.6.11.

Committee Service

Senate Standing: Scrutiny of Bills from 12.5.94 to 23.9.97; Regulations and Ordinances from 1.3.95 to 30.5.95; Senators' Interests from 13.2.02 to 30.6.11.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs from 12.5.94 to 10.10.94; Community Affairs: Legislation Committee from 14.5.97 to 9.11.98 and References Committee from 29.5.97 to 3.12.98; Employment, Education and Training: Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96 and References Committee from 10.10.94 to 29.5.97; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: References and Legislation Committees from 10.10.94 to 29.4.96 and from 4.9.97 to 11.2.02; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References Committee from 2.5.96 to 23.9.97 (Chair from 9.5.96 to 19.6.97) and from 14.5.09 to 30.6.11 and Legislation Committee from 1.7.96 to 29.5.97 and from 14.5.09 to 30.6.11; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 28.2.07 to 14.5.09; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 13.2.02 (Chair, References Committee from 14.2.02) to 11.9.06; Finance and Public Administration from 11.9.06 to 14.5.08.

Senate Select: Australian Broadcasting Corporation Management and Operations from 22.9.94 to 30.3.95; Aircraft Noise in Sydney from 23.3.95 to 30.11.95; Dangers of Radioactive Waste from 1.9.95 to 30.12.95; Lucas Heights Reactor from 17.8.00 to 24.5.01; Medicare from 15.5.03 to 11.2.04; Mental Health from 10.3.05 to 28.4.06; State Government Financial Management from 14.2.08 to 18.9.08.

Senate Estimates: A from 12.5.94 to 10.10.94.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 12.5.94 to 29.1.96; Public Works from 14.2.02 to 1.7.05, from 9.11.05 to 28.2.07 and from 14.2.08; Intelligence and Security from 15.5.08 to 30.6.11.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.96 to 4.9.97 and from 14.2.08 (Chair from 14.2.08) to 30.6.11; Electoral Matters from 1.12.04 to 9.11.05.

Joint Select: Retailing Sector from 15.2.99 to 30.8.99.

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

Parliamentary Secretary representing the Shadow Minister for Health in the Senate from 27.3.97 to 26.8.97; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Ministers for Health and Primary Industries from 26.8.97 to 20.10.98; Parliamentary Secretary representing the Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in the Senate from 20.10.98 to 22.11.01; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services from 23.8.02 to 26.10.04.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1967.

President, ALP Engadine Branch 1982-94.

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).

ALP International Secretary from 2006.


Born 11.1.1952, Sydney, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Hons) (Syd), LLB (UNSW).

Admitted as Barrister, NSW 1985.

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

Employment Officer, Dept of Labor and Immigration 1975-76.

Industrial Officer, Australian Workers' Union (AWU) 1976-81; Senior Industrial Officer 1981-89.

AWU Assistant General Secretary 1989-91.

AWU General Secretary 1991-93.

AWU-FIME Joint National Secretary 1993-94.

Executive Member, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 1989-93; Council Member from 1993.