Michael Mischin

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The Honourable
Michael Mischin
Member of the Legislative Council
of Western Australia
Assumed office
22 May 2009
Constituency North Metropolitan Region
Personal details
Born (1958-12-29) 29 December 1958 (age 58)
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Liberal
Alma mater University of Western Australia

Michael Mischin (born 29 December 1958) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia since 2009, representing North Metropolitan Region. He was attorney-general in the government of Colin Barnett from 2012 to 2017.

Early life[edit]

Mischin was born in Perth to Maria (née Lewkowski) and George Mischin.[1] His parents had arrived in Australia as displaced persons after World War II, his father being of Russian origin and his mother's family originating from "a small village on the Polish–Belorussian border".[2] Mischin attended Scarborough Senior High School before going on to study law at the University of Western Australia. He was called to the bar in 1982, and afterward worked in a private law firm until 1985, when he joined the state government's Crown Law Department. Mischin later worked for the Director of Public Prosecutions, reaching the rank of senior state prosecutor.[1]


At the 2007 federal election, Mischin ran for the Senate in fourth position on the Liberal Party's ticket in Western Australia, but was not elected.[3] The following year, at the 2008 state election, he was elected to a Legislative Council term starting in May 2009, running in second position on the Liberal ticket in North Metropolitan Region. Mischin was made deputy chairman of committees in the Legislative Council a few months after his election, and also became a parliamentary secretary.[4] In June 2012, following the resignation of Christian Porter, he was appointed attorney-general.[5] After the 2013 state election, Mischin was also made Minister for Commerce, replacing Simon O'Brien.[4] With the defeat of the Liberal-led Government on 11 March 2017, Michael became the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council and was appointed Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Commerce.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michael Mischin – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  2. ^ Extract from Hansard (COUNCIL - Tuesday, 23 June 2009), Parliament of Western Australia, p. 8. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  3. ^ Senate Results: Western Australia, Australia Votes 2007, ABC News. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ a b Hon. Michael Mischin MLC LLB (Hons), BJuris (Hons) – Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Mischin's vision for life as Attorney-General", ABC News, 19 July 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Christian Porter
Succeeded by
John Quigley
Preceded by
Simon O'Brien
Minister for Commerce
Succeeded by
Bill Johnston