Michael Field (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Michael Field
AC
38th Premier of Tasmania
In office
29 June 1989 – 17 February 1992
Governor Sir Phillip Bennett
Deputy Peter Patmore
Preceded by Robin Gray
Succeeded by Ray Groom
Constituency Braddon
Chancellor of the University of Tasmania
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 January 2013
Preceded by Damian Bugg
Personal details
Born (1948-05-28) 28 May 1948 (age 66)
Latrobe, Tasmania, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jan Field
Alma mater University of Tasmania
Occupation Politician
Profession Politics

Michael Walter Field, AC (born 28 May 1948 in Latrobe, Tasmania), a former Australian politician, was the Premier of Tasmania between 1989 and 1992. Field is the current Chancellor of the University of Tasmania since January 2013. He was the leader of the Tasmanian Labor Party from 1988 until his retirement in 1996. Field is best known for operating in minority government with the support of the Tasmanian Greens with an agreement known as the Labor–Green Accord.

Biography[edit]

Field grew up on the North-West Coast of Tasmania, and graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1971, where he resided at St. John Fisher College. He was elected to parliament, serving with Labor from 1976, during which time he was at various times a cabinet minister, premier and leader of the opposition over twenty years.

Since retiring from politics in 1997, Field began working as a management and leadership consultant. In 2003, Field was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for his service to the Parliament of Tasmania. He received a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from the University of Tasmania in 2000 for his service to the state and the university.[1]

Field has been chairman of the Tasmanian Innovations Advisory Board since it was established in May 1999.[2]

On 3 July 2012, Field was announced as the Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, with effect from January 2013.[3]

Field and his wife, Jan, reside on the Tasman Peninsula and they have three children: Emma, Claire and Tom.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Batt
Opposition Leader of Tasmania
1988–1989
Succeeded by
Robin Gray
Preceded by
Robin Gray
Premier of Tasmania
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Ray Groom
Preceded by
Ray Groom
Opposition Leader of Tasmania
1992–1997
Succeeded by
Jim Bacon
Party political offices
Preceded by
Neil Batt
Leader of the Labor Party in Tasmania
1988–1997
Succeeded by
Jim Bacon
Academic offices
Preceded by
Damian Bugg
Chancellor of the University of Tasmania
2013 – present
Incumbent