Michael Hodgman

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The Honourable
Michael Hodgman
AM QC
Michael Hodgman.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Denison
In office
13 December 1975 – 11 July 1987
Preceded by John Coates
Succeeded by Duncan Kerr
Personal details
Born William Michael Hodgman
(1938-11-16)16 November 1938
Hobart, Tasmania
Died 19 June 2013(2013-06-19) (aged 74)
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Relations Bill Hodgman (father)
Peter Hodgman (brother)
Children Will Hodgman

William Michael Hodgman, AM QC (16 November 1938 – 19 June 2013), known as Michael Hodgman, was an Australian Liberal politician. He was a member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council, the Tasmanian House of Assembly and the Australian House of Representatives.

Career[edit]

Michael Hodgman was born at Hobart, Tasmania, in 1938.[1] He first entered politics in 1966 as member for the Tasmanian Legislative Council seat of Huon. He held this position until 1974 when he stood down to run for the Federal electorate of Denison. He was unsuccessful, but won the seat at his second attempt at the 1975 election, and held the seat until 1987, when he was defeated by Duncan Kerr from the Australian Labor Party. He served as Minister for the Capital Territory and Minister Assisting the Minister for Industry and Commerce in the Fraser government from 1980 to 1983.

In 1992 Hodgman returned to state politics in the lower house electorate of Denison, which he held until defeated in 1998, when the size of parliament was reduced from 35 to 25 members. He regained the position in 2001 after a recount of votes due to the retirement of Ray Groom. In the 2002 state election he retained his seat, at the expense of his colleague and leader Bob Cheek.

Hodgman was well known for his strong support for retaining Australia's Constitutional monarchy.[2] He enjoyed wide name-recognition in Hobart; mainly due to his long political career. His wife died in 2003. His son Will Hodgman is the current Premier of Tasmania.

He achieved further fame in 2007 when, during a speech, he rallied fellow party members to give "the Labor party one right up the bracket". On the popular Get This radio show, the team had a featured segment using the soundbite "one right up the bracket", in which callers air their grievances.

On 19 November 2009 Hodgman announced he would not be contesting the 2010 state election.[2] In his farewell speech he spoke briefly about his political career including electorates represented, ministerial offices held, opposition to the invasion of East Timor and flooding of Lake Pedder.[3]

He died in a nursing home in Hobart in 2013.[2] He had terminal emphysema and Alzheimer's disease.[4]

Honours and awards[edit]

OrderAustraliaRibbon.png Member of the Order of Australia (AM) June 2012 [5]
Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal 1977
Australian Defence Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Australian Defence Medal
Anniversary of National Service Medal (Australia) ribbon.png Anniversary of National Service 1951–1972 Medal

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Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Ron Brown
Member for Huon
1966–1974
Succeeded by
Peter Hodgman
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Coates
Member for Denison
1975–1987
Succeeded by
Duncan Kerr
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Ellicott
Minister for the Capital Territory
1980–1983
Succeeded by
Tom Uren