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Michelle O'Byrne

Michelle O'Byrne

The recurring theme in Michelle O’Byrne’s adult life has been that of helping working-class people and those less fortunate in the community.

Michelle began her working life as an organiser for the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Union.  She managed a job skills program for long-term unemployed people for three years and, in 1996, she began working as an electorate officer to Senator Kerry O’Brien.

In 1998, Michelle was elected Federal Member for Bass, increasing her majority in 2001 and serving until 2004.  Michelle served as Federal Labor’s Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and was also the national co convener of Emily’s List.

Michelle was elected as the State Labor Member for Bass on 18 March, 2006.  When first elected, Michelle served as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier.

From October, 2006 until February, 2008, Michelle served as Minister for Community Development, Minister assisting the Premier on Local Government and Minister responsible for Sport and Recreation.

Michelle’s role as Minister for Community Development enabled her to work closely with her portfolio areas of Aboriginal Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Seniors Bureau, Youth Affairs, Disability Bureau and Women Tas on issues that are close to her.

Michelle’s vision is for a Tasmania that embraces everybody, irrespective of their circumstances, background or culture. 

In February, 2008, she was appointed Minister for the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts and Minister for Sport and Recreation.

Michelle is committed to encouraging a vibrant, innovative and diverse arts sector and understands its contribution to the richness and vibrancy of our culture, the health of our communities and the economic prosperity of Tasmania.

Michelle has long-recognised the importance of protecting Tasmania's natural environment and maintaining its status as a world-renowned tourist destination and wonderful place to live.
She is committed to continuing the conservation of Tasmania's cultural and environmental heritage through maintaining partnerships between government, the community and industry.

As the Minister responsible for sport and recreation, Michelle recognises that the government has a role in creating healthier and stronger communities through providing Tasmanians with a comprehensive sporting and recreational system, providing for pursuits from participation opportunities through to high performance sport.

In September 2008, Michelle was also appointed Minister for Tourism in the new Bartlett Government.

Following the merging of the Department of Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts with the Departments of Economic Development and Tourism and Primary Industries and Water, she was appointed Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, and Minister for Tourism and the Arts on 1 July 2009.

She lists former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam and former Victorian Premier Joan Kirner as having profound influences on her social and political values.

Michelle is married and has two children.


Contact Details 

Postal Address
GPO Box 1470,

Ph: 6233 6756
Fax: 6223 7610

Street Address
Ground Floor, Public Buildings,
53 St John Street,

Ph: 6336 2685
Fax: 6336 2640