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|Member of the Australian Parliament
15 June 1996 – 24 November 2007
|Preceded by||Paul Keating|
|Succeeded by||Jason Clare|
August 25, 1951 |
Sydney, New South Wales
|Spouse(s)||Mrs Shirley Hatton|
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales|
Michael John Hatton (born 28 August 1951, Sydney) was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from June 1996 to November 2007, representing the Division of Blaxland, New South Wales.
He was educated at the University of New South Wales. He was a school teacher before entering politics. From 1985 to 1996, he was an electorate officer for his predecessor as MP for Blaxland, Paul Keating (Prime Minister 1991-96). He entered parliament at a by-election necessitated by Keating's resignation from parliament after he lost the 1996 election to John Howard.
In May 2007 he lost party preselection and retired at the 2007 federal election which had seen his party return to power. This meant that the entirety of his parliamentary career equated to the entirety of his party's time in Opposition.
- Technology and computers. Was a champion of introducing more IT into Australian Schools and greater access to Internet.
- Worked on whitepapers which ultimately convinced Keating to implement the NBN. Hatton was the NBN's earliest advocate. Keating was the first person to call on National Broadband Network to be built on fibre optics.
- Equity and access to internet for disadvantaged.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Blaxland