Michael Lee (Australian politician)
|Member of the Australian Parliament
1 December 1984 – 10 November 2001
|Preceded by||New seat|
|Succeeded by||Ken Ticehurst|
24 March 1957 |
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales|
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 and grew up in the beach side suburb of Cronulla and 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.
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.
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. 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 is now the President of the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party, following the resignation of Bernie Riordan.
|Minister for Tourism
|Minister for Resources
Bob Collins and David Beddall
|Minister for Communications (and the Arts)
|Parliament of Australia|
|New division||Member for Dobell