Mr Michael Forshaw

Mr Michael Forshaw is a former Senator for NSW.  He was appointed as an ALP Senator in May 1994 and was re-elected in 1998 and 2004.

During his 17 years in the Senate Mr Forshaw served on many parliamentary committees. He was Chair of the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade, the Senate Foreign Affairs Defence & Trade Committee and the Senate Finance & Public Administration Committee. He also served as Opposition Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Family and Community Services, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Prior to entering Parliament Mr Forshaw was General Secretary of the Australian Workers Union (AWU). He worked for the AWU for 18 years from 1976 to 1994 and during this time served as a member of the ACTU Executive and represented the Australian Trade Union movement at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva on three occasions. He also served as a member of the Board of the CSIRO and a Director of the Australian Retirement Fund.

Mr Forshaw holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Sydney University (1974) and a Bachelor of Law from UNSW (1984). He was admitted as a Barrister in NSW in 1985.

Mr Forshaw retired in June 2011 and lives in the Sutherland Shire, Sydney. He is active in a number of local community voluntary organisations and is also the ALP International Secretary.