Mike Gallacher

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Mike Gallacher
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
In office
3 April 2011 – 2 May 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell; Mike Baird
Preceded by Michael Daley (as Minister for Police)
Steve Whan (as Minister for Emergency Services)
Succeeded by Stuart Ayres
Minister for the Central Coast
In office
9 December 2013 – 2 May 2014
Premier Barry O'Farrell; Mike Baird
Preceded by Chris Hartcher
Succeeded by Rob Stokes
Minister for Industrial Relations
In office
23 April 2014 – 2 May 2014
Premier Mike Baird
Preceded by vacant
Succeeded by Andrew Constance
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
17 April 1996 – 6 April 2017
Preceded by Stephen Mutch
Personal details
Born (1961-09-27) 27 September 1961 (age 55)
Paisley, Scotland, United Kingdom
Political party Independent (from 2014)
Liberal (to 2014)
Spouse(s) Judy Gallacher
Alma mater University of New England
Website Parliamentary webpage

Michael Joseph "Mike" Gallacher (born 27 September 1961 in Paisley, Scotland), an Australian politician, was the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Vice-President of the Executive Council in the O'Farrell government and Baird government from 2011 to 2014; the Minister for the Central Coast from December 2013 to May 2014; and the Minister for Industrial Relations in the Baird government from April to May 2014.[1] Gallacher has been a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 1996.[2] He was the Minister for the Hunter between 2011 and 2014.

In May 2014 Gallacher resigned as Minister after being named in the Independent Commission Against Corruption for alleged involvement in a corrupt scheme to receive illegal political donations.[3] He resigned from parliament in April 2017.[4]

Early life and background[edit]

Gallacher was born in Paisley, Scotland, and migrated with his parents to Australia as a young child. He attended school at Lethbridge Park and Shalvey before completing his studies at Randwick Boys High School.

He joined the NSW Police Force in 1980 and served as an officer in general duties, highway patrol, internal police investigations, criminal investigations and special operations. He completed a Bachelor of Professional Studies through the University of New England in 1998. From 1991 to 1994, Gallacher was a delegate to the New South Wales Police Association. He was a senior lecturer in the Police Service's Professional Responsibility Command and qualified for the Police Service Medal.[2]

Gallacher has lived and worked on the Central Coast for over 25 years. He is actively involved in local surf life saving and is also a keen horseman.[5]

Political career[edit]

In 1996 Gallacher was appointed to the New South Wales Legislative Council, filling a casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Stephen Mutch.[6]

He first faced election at the 2003 state election and was re-elected. In 2005, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Police in the New South Wales Shadow Cabinet and was appointed the portfolio of Shadow Minister for the Hunter in April 2007.

Following the 2011 state election which saw the O'Farrell government come to power, on 3 April 2011 Gallacher was appointed Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Vice-President of the Executive Council, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. In December 2013 Gallacher took on the additional responsibilities as Minister for the Central Coast following the resignation of the incumbent minister, Chris Hartcher. Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier,[7] and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader,[1] in April 2014 in addition to his existing responsibilities as a minister, Gallacher was appointed as the Minister for Industrial Relations. The Hunter regional portfolio was assigned to Gladys Berejiklian.[2][8]

On 2 May 2014, the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard allegations that Gallacher was involved with Chris Hartcher in the establishment of a business called Eightbyfive which sought to conceal prohibited donations to the Liberal Party from a development company owned by Nathan Tinkler. Later that day, Premier Mike Baird announced that Gallacher had resigned from Cabinet.[9][10] He sat on the crossbench.[11] Prior to his ministerial resignation, it had been reported that Gallacher was interested in moving to the Legislative Assembly with the intent of becoming Liberal Leader one day.[12] Gallacher resigned as a MP in April 2017 to become to CEO of Ports Australia.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nicholls, Sean (22 April 2014). "Mike Baird's cabinet reshuffle a preparation for next election". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Hon. Michael Joseph Gallacher, BProf St MLC". Members of Parliament. Parliament of New South Wales. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Howden, Saffron (2 May 2014). "Mike Gallacher had to resign over ICAC claim, Mike Baird says". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Nicholls, Sean; Mitchell, Georgina (6 April 2017). "Former NSW police minister Mike Gallacher resigns from parliament". Sydney Morning Herald. 
  5. ^ "About Mike Gallacher". State Liberals. Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 2014-05-07. 
  6. ^ "30. Vacant seats in the Legislative Council". Hansard. Parliament of New South Wales. 17 April 1996. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Barry O'Farrell quits as NSW Premier over memory fail". The Australian. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "Mike Baird's NSW cabinet". The Sydney Morning Herald. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "ICAC: NSW Police Minister Mike Gallacher resigns over corruption watchdog probe". ABC News. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Whitbourn, Michaela; Nicholls, Sean (2 May 2014). "Mike Gallacher had to resign over ICAC claim, Mike Baird says". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 3 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Former Police Minister Michael Gallacher orchestrated illegal donations arrangement, ICAC hears". 
  12. ^ http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/nsw-coalition-mps-on-their-way-out/story-fn3dxiwe-1227091665070?nk=f3d38cc6200bb0f5d55df3a155ec062a
  13. ^ Nicholls, Sean; Mitchell, Georgina (6 April 2017). "Former NSW police minister Mike Gallacher resigns from parliament". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Hannaford
Leader of the Opposition of New South Wales
in the Legislative Council

1999–2011
Succeeded by
Tony Kelly
Preceded by
John Hatzistergos
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Duncan Gay
Political offices
Preceded by
John Hatzistergos
Vice-President of the Executive Council
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Duncan Gay
Preceded by
Michael Daley
as Minister for Police
Minister for Police and Emergency Services
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Stuart Ayres
Preceded by
Steve Whan
as Minister for Emergency Services
Preceded by
Jodi McKay
Minister for the Hunter
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Gladys Berejiklian
Preceded by
Chris Hartcher
Minister for the Central Coast
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Rob Stokes
Preceded by
vacant
Minister for Industrial Relations
2014
Succeeded by
Andrew Constance