Michael Maher (Australian politician)

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Michael Maher
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Lowe
In office
13 March 1982 – 11 July 1987
Preceded by William McMahon
Succeeded by Bob Woods
Personal details
Born 11 July 1936
Sydney, New South Wales
Died 29 September 2013
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Sydney
Occupation Solicitor

Michael John Maher OAM (11 July 1936 – 29 September 2013)[1] was an Australian politician. Born in Sydney, he attended De La Salle College, Ashfield and the University of Sydney and became a solicitor. A member of the Labor Party, he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1973, representing the seat of Drummoyne. He held Drummoyne until resigning to contest the 1982 Lowe by-election, caused by the resignation of former Liberal Prime Minister William McMahon. Maher was successful, and held the seat until 1987, when he was defeated by Bob Woods.[2][3] Michael Maher was described in 2000 by a subsequent ALP Member for Lowe, John Murphy, as 'one of the most genuine and most loved members to grace this House'.[4]

In 2000, Maher was honoured with the Order of Australia Medal for service to parliament at state and federal levels, and to the Maltese community of New South Wales.[5]


  1. ^ "Mr Michael John MAHER (1936 - 2013". parliament.nsw.gov.au/. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Mr Michael John Maher (1936 - )". Members of Parliament. Retrieved 22 February 2010. 
  4. ^ ParlInfo - STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS : Maher, Mr Michael, OAM
  5. ^ It's an Honour Website - Homepage

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Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Reg Coady
Member for Drummoyne
1973 – 1982
Succeeded by
John Murray
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
William McMahon
Member for Lowe
1982 – 1987
Succeeded by
Bob Woods