Michael Hatton

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Michael Hatton
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Blaxland
In office
15 June 1996 – 24 November 2007
Preceded by Paul Keating
Succeeded by Jason Clare
Personal details
Born (1951-08-25) August 25, 1951 (age 63)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor
Spouse(s) Mrs Shirley Hatton
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Occupation School teacher
Profession Politician

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.[1]

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.

Special Interests[edit]

  • 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
Preceded by
Paul Keating
Member for Blaxland
Succeeded by
Jason Clare