Michael Aird

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Michael Aird
Treasurer of Tasmania
In office
5 April 2006 – 6 December 2010
Premier Paul Lennon
David Bartlett
Preceded by Paul Lennon
Succeeded by Lara Giddings
Constituency Derwent
Personal details
Born (1949-04-12) 12 April 1949 (age 68)
Melbourne, Victoria
Nationality Australian
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.

He was Government leader in the Legislative Council from 1998 to 2006.

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.[1]

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.[2]

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  1. ^ Tas Treasurer Michael Aird quits politics, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November 2010.
  2. ^ "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. 

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Tasmanian Legislative Council
Preceded by
Charles Batt
Member for Derwent
Succeeded by
Craig Farrell
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Lennon
Treasurer of Tasmania
Succeeded by
Lara Giddings