Michael Ferguson (Australian politician)
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|Member of the Australian Parliament
9 October 2004 – 24 November 2007
|Preceded by||Michelle O'Byrne|
|Succeeded by||Jodie Campbell|
23 March 1974 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Children||Eloise, Thomas, James|
|Alma mater||University of Tasmania|
Michael Darrel Joseph Ferguson (born 23 March 1974) is an Australian politician. He was a Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives from 2004 to 2007, representing the electorate of Bass. He was defeated at the 2007 federal election, and subsequently switched to state politics, winning election to the corresponding Tasmanian House of Assembly electorate at the 2010 state election.
Background and early career
He was educated at the University of Tasmania, holding degrees in Applied Science and Education. In the past, his broad community activities include many local tourism and progress associations as well as community radio. He has worked as a teacher from 1996 to 2002, and a member of the Meander Valley Council. He has received awards including winning the Regional Initiative category for the Young Australian of the Year Awards for Tasmania in 2002, and Tasmanian Young Achiever of the Year (2002) by the National Australia Day Council. he also delivered pizzas as his first job
In his first parliamentary term Ferguson concentrated on issues such as education, health, family and employment and served on numerous parliamentary and backbench committees. He was the secretary of the Government Education, Science and Training policy committee and is acknowledged as having played a key role in brokering the passage of the Voluntary Student Unionism legislation through a hostile senate with his (implemented) proposal for a sports infrastructure transition fund.
He was subsequently elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly at the 2010 state election, securing the highest number of primary votes in Bass (1.5 quotas) and the second highest vote in the state. In April 2010 Ferguson was appointed as Shadow Minister for Education and Skills; and Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology.
Ferguson was re-elected at the 2014 state election, at which the Liberals gained government, and was appointed Minister for Health and Minister for Information Technology and Innovation.
As Health Minister, Ferguson has led an ambitious and somewhat contentious reform of the Tasmanian health system by merging the previously three health services into one and changing the services delivered at each of the four hospitals in the state. He has also taken charge of the redevelopment of the Royal Hobart Hospital to ensure that the much-promised building eventuates.
His tenure has not been without incident with his appointment of an interim CEO of the merged health service having a side interest in alternative therapies and a series of electrical and computer failures at the ambulance service.
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- "Concerns over how State Government’s overhaul of the health system will be funded". The Mercury. 29 June 2015.
- "White Paper heralds a turning point for state health system". The Mercury. 9 July 2015.
- "Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment plan better value: Tasmanian Government". ABC News.
- "State Government unveils new Royal Hobart Hospital plans". The Mercury.
- "Health is in good hands". The Mercury. 27 June 2015.
- "Ambulance Tasmania systems under review after second communication outage in 24 hours". ABC News.
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Bass