Michael Forshaw

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Michael Forshaw
Senator for New South Wales
In office
10 May 1994 – 30 June 2011
Preceded by Graham Richardson
Personal details
Born (1952-01-11) 11 January 1952 (age 65)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Jan Forshaw.[1]
Alma mater University of Sydney
University of New South Wales
Occupation Barrister

Michael George Forshaw (born 11 January 1952), Australian politician, was a member of the Australian Senate for the state of New South Wales from May 1994 to June 2011, representing the Australian Labor Party.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Forshaw was born in Sydney. He was educated at the University of Sydney, where he graduated in arts, and the University of New South Wales, where he graduated in law.


Forshaw was admitted as a barrister in 1985.[2]

Forshaw began employment with the Australian Workers' Union in 1975 as an Industrial Officer and was elected as the union's Assistant General Secretary in 1989.[2] In 1991 Forshaw was elected as the General Secretary of the AWU when he negotiated the amalgamation of the AWU with the Federation of Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering Employees (formerly the Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia) to form the AWU-FIMEE Amalgamated Union. From 1993 until entering the Senate in 1994 Forshaw was the Joint National Secretary of the AWU-FIMEE Amalgamated Union (which changed its name back to the AWU in 1995).

A member of Labor's right faction,[3] on 2 March 2010 Forshaw announced his decision to retire, citing he was making way for outgoing state party boss Matt Thistlethwaite.[4] His term ended on 30 June 2011.


Forshaw is married to retired Sutherland Shire Councillor Jan Forshaw [5] and has three sons, Simon, Martin and Jeremy.


  1. ^ "Engadine Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards". Parliament of New South Wales. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 25 Jan 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography for FORSHAW, Michael George". Australian Parliament. Retrieved 22 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Milne, Glenn (19 September 2009). "Rudd's 'f***ing' rant at factions". The Sunday Telegraph. Australia. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Salusinszky, Imre (2 March 2010). "Senator Michael Forshaw cedes to party boss". The Australian. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Engadine Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards". Perliament of New South Wales. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 25 Jan 2010. 
Trade union offices
Preceded by
Errol Hodder
General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union
Succeeded by
Ian Cambridge
Steve Harrison