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HATTON, Michael JohnBiography for HATTON, Michael John

Member for Blaxland (NSW) 1996-2007

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Blaxland, New South Wales, at by-election 15.6.1996, vice the Hon. PJ Keating (resigned). Re-elected 1998, 2001 and 2004. Retired prior to general elections 2007.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speakers Panel from 16.11.04 to 17.10.07.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 26.6.96 to 31.8.98; Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Industry and Resources from 20.3.02 to 17.10.07; Science and Innovation from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Library from 2.12.04 to 7.12.05.

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 26.6.96 to 31.8.98.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 8.2.05 to 17.10.07; Parliamentary Library from 27.3.06 to 17.10.07.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum Executive Council Meeting, Seoul, September 1997.

Bilateral visit to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel, June 1998.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Brazil and Argentina, October 2000.

Bilateral visits to Czech Republic, Slovakia and Croatia, April 2001.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada, Germany, Singapore and USA, April-May 2007.

Party Positions

Member, ALP from 1967.

Secretary, ALP Condell Park Branch from 1983.

President, Blaxland FEC 1990-96.

Delegate, ALP Branch Annual Conference (NSW).


Born 25.8.1951, Bankstown, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA (NSW), DipEd (UNE).

School teacher 1975-84.

Electorate officer to the Hon. PJ Keating 1985-96.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: south-western Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Bankstown, Bass Hill, Birrong, Chester Hill, Chullora, Condell Park, Georges Hall, Greenacre, Landsdowne, Mt Lewis, Punchbowl, Sefton, Strathfield South, Villawood, Wiley Park and Yagoona.

Area: 54 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 82 445 (at 9.10.04).

Industries: railway workshops, aircraft repairs, transport and storage industries.

State electorates: Blaxland includes parts of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorates of Auburn, Bankstown, East Hills, Fairfield, Granville, Lakemba and Strathfield.