Michael Lee (Australian politician)

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The Hon.
Michael Lee
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Dobell
In office
1 December 1984 – 10 November 2001
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Ken Ticehurst
Personal details
Born (1957-03-24) 24 March 1957 (age 61)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of New South Wales
Occupation Engineer

Michael John Lee (born 24 March 1957) is an Australian Labor politician. He was a member of the House of Representatives 1984–2001, a minister in Paul Keating's government, and a member of the City of Sydney Council 2004–08.

Lee was born in Sydney, Australia where he grew up in the beach side suburb of Cronulla. Here, he attended De La Salle College Cronulla. His immediate classmates included Steve Hutchins, now an Australian Senator, and John Della Bosca, formerly the NSW Minister for Health and now a backbencher in the NSW Legislative Council.[citation needed]

After graduating in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Lee was employed as an engineer at the Munmorah Power Station and Vales Point Power Station on the Central Coast of New South Wales. He was subsequently elected as a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives for the seat of Dobell, at the 1984 election, serving until being defeated at the 2001 election by Liberal candidate Ken Ticehurst.[1]

In March 1993, Lee was appointed Minister for Tourism and Minister for Resources in the second Keating Ministry. In December 1993, he replaced Bob Collins and David Beddall as Minister for Communications. In January 1994, he gained responsibility for the arts. He lost his ministerial responsibility with the defeat of the Keating government at the 1996 election. He was Shadow Minister for Health from 1996 to 1998 and shadow Minister for Education from 1998 to 2001.[1] Following his defeat in 2001, he ran as the Labor candidate for Lord Mayor of Sydney in 2004, and was defeated by Clover Moore, but was elected to the Council.

He became President of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party in 2010, following the resignation of Bernie Riordan.


  1. ^ a b "Biography for Lee, the Hon. Michael John". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 15 September 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2008. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Alan Griffiths
Minister for Tourism
Succeeded by
Andrew Thomson
Minister for Resources
Succeeded by
David Beddall
Preceded by
Bob Collins and David Beddall
Minister for Communications (and the Arts)
Succeeded by
Richard Alston
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Dobell
Succeeded by
Ken Ticehurst