Michael Daley

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Michael Daley
38th Leader of the Opposition in New South Wales
Elections: 2019
In office
10 November 2018 – 25 March 2019
PremierGladys Berejiklian
DeputyPenny Sharpe
Preceded byLuke Foley
Succeeded byJodi McKay
Leader of the Australian Labor Party (New South Wales Branch)
In office
10 November 2018 – 25 March 2019
DeputyPenny Sharpe
Preceded byLuke Foley
Succeeded byPenny Sharpe (Acting)
Jodi McKay (Permanent)
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Maroubra
Assumed office
17 September 2005
Preceded byBob Carr
Minister for Police
In office
14 September 2009 – 28 March 2011
PremierNathan Rees
Kristina Keneally
Preceded byTony Kelly
Succeeded byMike Gallacher
Deputy Mayor of Randwick
In office
September 2000 – 20 April 2004
MayorDominic Sullivan
Preceded byShane Barber
Succeeded byBruce Notley-Smith
Councillor of the Randwick City Council
for South Ward
In office
9 September 1995 – 13 September 2008
Personal details
Born (1965-11-01) 1 November 1965 (age 57)
Maroubra, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLabor

Michael John Daley (born 1 November 1965[1]) is an Australian politician who was the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of New South Wales from November 2018 to March 2019. He is currently a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Maroubra for the Australian Labor Party since 2005.[1] Daley is aligned with the Labor Right faction.[2]


Daley is of Irish Catholic background.[3] He was educated at Marcellin College, Randwick, finishing in 1983. He spent 13 years as a Customs officer with the Australian Customs Service during which time he studied law at night. In 1998 having completed his legal studies he was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales as a legal practitioner and began to pursue a career as a lawyer, and worked for a year in a law firm in central Sydney before spending five years as a senior in-house lawyer with NRMA Motoring and Services.[1]

Daley was elected as a councillor to Randwick City Council in 1995 and served as deputy mayor from 2000 to 2004.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Daley married Christina Ithier in 2005 whom he met "at a photocopier" at his legal firm in 1997. She had two children from a previous marriage that Daley counts as his own. He and Christina have since had two other children, Olivia (12 in January 2019), and Austin (age 8 in January 2019).[4][5]

Political career[edit]

Daley was elected to represent Maroubra for the Australian Labor Party in 17 Sep 2005, replacing previous Labor member Bob Carr who announced his retirement from politics.[1] Daley served on the backbench until the elevation of Nathan Rees as Premier of New South Wales in September 2008 when Daley became the Minister for Roads on 8 September 2008. Daley held this portfolio until a cabinet reshuffle on 14 September 2009 where he was subsequently appointed Minister for Police and Minister for Finance, the portfolios he held until 4 December 2009.[1]

When Kristina Keneally became Premier in December 2009 he remained as Minister for Police and Minister for Finance until the 2011 state election, where he was one of just 20 Labor MPs elected. Daley was believed to be a potential candidate for the Labor leadership, however, he did not contest it.[6] As a result, John Robertson was elected unopposed as Keneally's replacement,[7] and Daley was appointed as Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Finance and Services[1] in the Robertson shadow ministry and the subsequent Foley shadow ministry from 11 April 2011 to 10 March 2016 and 28 March 2014, respectively.

In March 2016, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure which he held on to until 27 November 2018. He also served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 7 March 2016 before being elected as the Leader of the Opposition on 10 November 2018.[1]

Leader of the Opposition[edit]

Following Luke Foley's resignation of the role, Daley nominated for the role of New South Wales Labor leader and Leader of the New South Wales Opposition. On 10 November 2018, Daley won the leadership election against Chris Minns 33 votes to 12,[8] and was elected as the Leader of the Labor Party in New South Wales and became the 38th NSW Leader of the Opposition.

On 19 March 2019, a few days prior to the state election, a video from September 2018 surfaced in which Daley made comments about Asian immigration in Sydney. Daley said "Our young children will flee and who are they being replaced with? They are being replaced by young people from typically Asia with PhDs," and "So there's a transformation happening in Sydney now where our kids are moving out and foreigners are moving in and taking their jobs".[9][10] Daley apologised from his comments, stating "What I was referring to was housing affordability in Sydney ... I could've expressed myself better, no offence was meant."[11] The party was unsuccessful in the election a few days later, and Daley subsequently stood aside as leader and withdrew his candidacy for the subsequent leadership ballot after initially stating that he would contest it.[12][13] Jodi McKay became the new permanent as party leader and opposition leader in June 2019 after Daley's resignation.

On 30 May 2021, following the resignation of McKay as party leader, Daley announced he would run again for party leadership.[14] On 4 June 2021, he pulled out of the leadership contest, allowing Chris Minns to be elected leader unopposed.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mr Michael John DALEY, DipLaw MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  2. ^ Visentin, Lisa (10 November 2018). "Michael Daley elected NSW Labor Party leader, promising to 'press the reset button'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ McGowan, Michael (8 November 2018). "Michael Daley tipped to succeed Luke Foley as NSW Labor leader". Retrieved 25 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  4. ^ Snow, Deborah; Smith, Alexandra (12 January 2019). "A Labor government will 'civilise the place', says leader Michael Daley". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  5. ^ Daley, Michael (12 October 2005). "Inaugural speeches: Michael Daley" (PDF). Parliament of NSW.
  6. ^ "Daley 'won't contest' NSW Labor leadership". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 30 March 2011.
  7. ^ "John Robertson elected NSW Labor leader unopposed". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. 30 March 2011.
  8. ^ "NSW Labor elects paperboy turned lawyer Michael Daley as new leader". ABC News. 10 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. ^ "NSW Labor leader Michael Daley apologises for foreign workers comment". SBS News. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  10. ^ Press, Australian Associated (18 March 2019). "Michael Daley claims Asian workers taking young people's jobs in Sydney". Retrieved 25 March 2019 – via www.theguardian.com.
  11. ^ "'They've accepted what I've said': Daley forced to explain himself over immigrant comments". Sydney Morning Herald. 19 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  12. ^ Han, Alexandra Smith, Esther (25 March 2019). "'I don't want to be a distraction': Michael Daley stands aside as NSW Labor leader". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ McKinnell, Jamie (26 March 2019). "Michael Daley abandons NSW Labor leadership race". ABC News. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Michael Daley to make another tilt at NSW Labor leadership". ABC News. 30 May 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  15. ^ Raper, Ashleigh. "Kogarah MP Chris Minns to be NSW Opposition Leader after Michael Daley pulls out". ABC News. Retrieved 4 June 2021.

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Shane Barber
Deputy Mayor of Randwick
Succeeded by
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by Member for Maroubra
Political offices
Preceded by Minister for Roads
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister for Police
Succeeded byas Minister for Police and Emergency Services
Preceded by Minister for Finance
Succeeded byas Minister for Finance and Services
Preceded by Deputy Leader of the Opposition of New South Wales
Succeeded by
Preceded by Leader of the Opposition of New South Wales
Succeeded by
Penny Sharpe (Interim)
Party political offices
Preceded by Deputy Leader of the Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)
Succeeded by
Preceded by Leader of the Australian Labor Party (NSW Branch)
Succeeded by
Penny Sharpe (Interim)