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Michael Egan (Australian politician)


Michael Egan

Treasurer of New South Wales
In office
3 April 1995 – 21 January 2005
PremierBob Carr
Preceded byPeter Collins
Succeeded byAndrew Refshauge
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
Vice-President of the Executive Council
In office
3 April 1995 – 21 January 2005
PremierBob Carr
Preceded byJohn Hannaford
Succeeded byJohn Della Bosca
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Cronulla
In office
7 October 1978 – 5 March 1984
Preceded byIan Griffith
Succeeded byMalcolm Kerr
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
In office
24 September 1986 – 8 February 2005
Preceded byBarrie Unsworth
Succeeded byGreg Donnelly
Personal details
Born
Michael Rueben Egan

(1948-02-21) 21 February 1948 (age 71)
Sydney, New South Wales
Political partyLabor Party
Alma materUniversity of Sydney

Michael Rueben Egan AO (born 21 February 1948), a former union official and former Australian politician, served as Treasurer of New South Wales between 1995 and 2005. Egan is currently the Chancellor of Macquarie University and sits on a number of government and non-government advisory boards.

Early years and background

Egan was educated at St Patrick's College, Sutherland and obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University. He served the Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union as a Federal Research Officer (1969 – 1973) and was an Advisor to the Hon Les Johnson as Federal Minister for Housing and Construction and Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs (1973 – 1975).

Egan served as an Officer of the NSW State Pollution Control Commission (1976 – 1978) and was a Senior Policy Advisor to Barrie Unsworth initially as NSW Minister for Transport and NSW Minister for Health and then as Premier of NSW (1984 – 1986).[1]

Political career

Egan was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly on 7 October 1978, standing in the seat of Cronulla. Although re-elected on 19 August 1981, he was defeated in elections held on 5 March 1984. He successfully ran for election to the New South Wales Legislative Council on 24 September 1986. It was not until the Bob Carr-led Labor Party took power on 3 April 1995 that he became State Treasurer, Minister for Energy, and Minister for State Development. In a Ministerial reshuffle in November 1997, Bob Debus took over the Energy portfolio. Egan was also Minister for Gaming and Racing for one month during 2003 replacing Richard Face and succeeded by Grant McBride. Egan was eventually to become the longest serving Treasurer in New South Wales.[1]

In the few years before he became Treasurer when Labor was in Opposition, Egan had been the Shadow Finance Minister. Even though then Opposition Leader Bob Carr was still Shadow Treasurer, Egan became the informal Opposition counterpart to Liberal Treasurer Peter Collins when Collins was appointed Treasurer in 1993. It was Egan, not Carr, who debated Collins on economic matters in media appearances. It was because of Egan's solid performance against Treasurer Collins that Carr upon becoming Premier in 1995 with the ALP's victory at the State election, broke with convention in not appointing the Shadow Treasurer just prior to the election (which was Carr himself) as Treasurer and appointed Egan instead.

Another break in convention with Egan's appointment as Treasurer is that he was a member of the Upper House, the New South Wales Legislative Council as previous Treasurers had been from the Lower House, the Legislative Assembly. However, since all money bills had to be introduced first in the Lower House, the Legislative Assembly, Egan delivered the State Budgets of 1995 to 2004 in the Legislative Assembly despite not being a member of that house of Parliament.

Announcing his resignation on 18 January 2005, Egan stated that, 'after 35 years of political combat, I think it's time for me to move on'.[2][3]

Career after politics

Appointed as a member of the Council of Macquarie University in 2006, Egan was appointed as Chancellor in 2008. Other community roles include: Chairman of the Australia Day Council of New South Wales since 2006, Chairman of the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology since 2005, a Governor of the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research since 2005, and a Director of the Maritime Services Board of New South Wales between 1984 and 1986.[1]

In May 2008 Egan was appointed Chairman of Terria, and in 2009, he was appointed as the Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority Commission.

Personal

Egan has never hidden his homosexuality.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c "The Hon. Michael Rueben Egan". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  2. ^ Colvin, Mark; Barlow, Karen (18 January 2005). "Michael Egan quits as NSW Treasurer" (transcript). PM (ABC Radio). Australia. Retrieved 5 October 2005.
  3. ^ "NSW Treasurer Michael Egan to quit politics". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 18 January 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2005.
  4. ^ Janet Fife-Yeomans, "Outed MP David Campbell not alone - one in five men gay", Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Ian Griffith
Member for Cronulla
1978 – 1984
Succeeded by
Malcolm Kerr
Preceded by
Barrie Unsworth
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council
1986 – 2005
Succeeded by
Greg Donnelly
Political offices
Preceded by
Jack Hallam
Leader of the Opposition of New South Wales
in the Legislative Council

1991 – 1995
Succeeded by
John Hannaford
Preceded by
John Hannaford
Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council
1995 – 2005
Succeeded by
John Della Bosca
Vice-President of the Executive Council
1995 – 2005
Preceded by
Peter Collins
Treasurer of New South Wales
1995 – 2005
Succeeded by
Andrew Refshauge
Preceded by
Ted Pickering
Minister for Energy
1995 – 1997
Succeeded by
Bob Debus
Vacant
Title last held by
Peter Collins
Minister for State Development
1995
Succeeded by
Himself
Preceded by
Carl Scully
as Minister for Small Business and Regional Development
Minister for State and Regional Development
1995 – 1997
Succeeded by
Himself
as Minister for State Development
Preceded by
Himself
as Minister for State Development
Succeeded by
Harry Woods
as Minister for Regional Development
Preceded by
Himself
Minister for State Development
1997 – 2005
Succeeded by
Andrew Refshauge
Preceded by
Richard Face
Minister for Gaming and Racing
2003 – 2005
Succeeded by
Grant McBride
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jack Hallam
Leader of the Labor Party in the Legislative Council
1991 – 2005
Succeeded by
John Della Bosca
Academic offices
Preceded by
Maurice Newman
Chancellor of Macquarie University
2008 – date
Incumbent