|Senator for New South Wales|
10 May 1994 – 30 June 2011
|Preceded by||Graham Richardson|
|Born||11 January 1952|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Alma mater||University of Sydney |
University of New South Wales
Michael George Forshaw (born 11 January 1952), Australian politician, was a member of the Australian Senate for the state of New South Wales from May 1994 to June 2011, representing the Australian Labor Party.
Forshaw was admitted as a barrister in 1985.
Forshaw began employment with the Australian Workers' Union in 1975 as an Industrial Officer and was elected as the union's Assistant General Secretary in 1989. In 1991 Forshaw was elected as the General Secretary of the AWU when he negotiated the amalgamation of the AWU with the Federation of Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering Employees (formerly the Federated Ironworkers' Association of Australia) to form the AWU-FIMEE Amalgamated Union. From 1993 until entering the Senate in 1994 Forshaw was the Joint National Secretary of the AWU-FIMEE Amalgamated Union (which changed its name back to the AWU in 1995).
A member of Labor's right faction, on 2 March 2010 Forshaw announced his decision to retire, citing he was making way for outgoing state party boss Matt Thistlethwaite. His term ended on 30 June 2011.
Forshaw is married to retired Sutherland Shire Councillor Jan Forshaw  and has three sons, Simon, Martin and Jeremy. The middle son Martin has shown a keen interest in leading the Labor party in the future. Pre-emptively Copyrighting the slogan “Its all Forshaw in 2024” in the hope of a tilt at a 2024 election victory.
|Trade union offices|
| General Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union