Michael Moore (Australian politician)

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Michael J. Moore
Minister of Health
and Community Care
In office
Preceded by Kate Carnell
Member of the
ACT Legislative Assembly
In office
4 March 1989 – 18 February 1995
Member of the
ACT Legislative Assembly
In office
18 February 1995 – 20 October 2001
Succeeded by Katy Gallagher
Constituency Molonglo
Personal details
Born Michael John Moore
(1950-04-02) 2 April 1950 (age 65)
Nationality Australia
Political party Independent
Other political
Residents Rally
Moore Independents
Residence Canberra, ACT, Australia
Alma mater Flinders University
Adelaide University
Australian National University
Profession Teacher

Michael John Moore (born 2 April 1950) is an Australian former politician and health academic who was an independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms, from 1989 to 2001. He served as Minister of Health and Community Care from 1998 to 2001 in the Liberal minority government led by Chief Minister, Kate Carnell and later, Gary Humphries.[1]

Since 2008, Moore has been the chief executive officer of the Public Health Association of Australia.[2]


In 1989 Moore was elected to the first multi-member single-constituency unicameral ACT Legislative Assembly on the Residents Rally party ticket, led by Bernard Collaery. Residents Rally secured four seats in the first Assembly, including Collaery, Moore, Norm Jensen, and Hector Kinloch. No party had won a majority, and Rosemary Follett's Labor Party formed a minority government. Moore resigned from Residents Rally on 24 October 1989 and sat in the Assembly as an independent.[1] He was re-elected at the single-consistuency 1992 general election, and at the 1995 and 1998 general elections, representing the electorate of Molonglo on a ticket called Moore Independents.

Moore was a social progressive who was responsible for the legalisation of prostitution,[3] the decriminalisation of cannabis[4] and who was a strong advocate for trialling the provision of heroin to dependent users.[5] He was a joint founder of the Australian Parliamentary Group on Drug Law Reform,[6] the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and sponsored the early meetings of the group Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform.[7] Despite, his socially progressive stance, he was criticised for accepting the role as Health Minister in the Liberal Government.[4][8]

Other positions[edit]

Prior to politics Moore was a high school teacher and faculty head. He holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master's degree in population health and is an adjunct professor with the University of Canberra.[9] He was awarded a Master's Degree in Population Health at the Australian National University in December 1997. From November 2007 he has been a political and social columnist with the Canberra City News.[10] In January 2008, Moore was appointed as chief executive officer of the Public Health Association of Australia[2] and has advocated, on behalf of its members, for retention of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre.[11][12]


  1. ^ a b "Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly" (PDF). ACT Legislative Assembly. 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b Mark, David (2008-02-29). "Academics angry over Govt blocked medical reports". PM (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Prostitution (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1992". ACT Legislative Assembly. 1992-12-01. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  4. ^ a b Armitage, Liz (2001-07-05). "Moore calls it quits". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  5. ^ "Supporters of a heroin trial in Australia". Supporters. Families and Friends for Drug Law Reform. 1992-12-01. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  6. ^ "Australian Parliamentary Group for Drug Law Reform" (PDF). E-Newsletter. Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation. May 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Heroin in Australia, Part Two: A Conversation with Michael Moore, ACT Health Minister". The Drug Reform Coordination Network. 1999-04-30. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  8. ^ Armitage, Liz (2001-07-07). "Crocodile tears as Moore bows out". The Canberra Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  9. ^ Hyland, Kathleen (2003-07-04). "Michael Moore". Stateline (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  10. ^ Moore, Michael (2009-07-23). "From pickle to political profit" (PDF). Canberra City News. Retrieved 2010-01-03. 
  11. ^ "Drug experts support injecting centre". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  12. ^ "Injecting centre here to stay: PHAA welcomes decision" (PDF). Public Health Association of Australia. 2010-10-15. Retrieved 2010-10-21.