|Treasurer of Tasmania|
5 April 2006 – 6 December 2010
|Preceded by||Paul Lennon|
|Succeeded by||Lara Giddings|
12 April 1949 |
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Michael Anthony Aird AM (born 12 April 1949 in Melbourne) is a former Tasmanian politician. He was an ALP member of the Tasmanian Legislative Council in the Division of Derwent since 1995. From 2006 to 2010, he was the treasurer of Tasmania, one of few legislative councillors in history to have held a ministerial portfolio. He took over the role of Treasurer from Paul Lennon after the 2006 state election.
Aird first entered parliament in 1979, as a member of the House of Assembly seat of Franklin. He was a member from 1979 until 1986, and then again from 1989 until 1995. During this time, he held many ministerial positions, including Environment, Industrial Relations, Employment, and Education.
When Labor member Charles Batt retired in 1995, Aird successfully contested election in the seat of Derwent. He was re-elected in 1997, 2003, and 2009. On 9 November 2010, Aird announced that he was retiring from politics and that he would step down as Treasurer and as a Legislative Council member on 6 December.
Aird is a board member of the New Norfolk football club, and his interests include sport and the arts.
In 2016 Aird was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the Parliament and community of Tasmania, particularly to infrastructure development and microeconomic reform.
- Tas Treasurer Michael Aird quits politics, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2010.
- "Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia (A-L)" (PDF). Australia Day 2016 Honours Lists. Office of the Governor-General of Australia. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- MichaelAird.org electoral website
- Parliamentary Library profile
- Michael Aird's maiden speech to Legislative Council
|Tasmanian Legislative Council|
|Member for Derwent
|Treasurer of Tasmania