Michael is the Member for Maiwar in the Queensland State Parliament and is passionate about ensuring a positive outcome for the community on important issues like housing affordability, public transport, and appropriate property development.
I moved from Toowoomba to Toowong for university and have lived in Brisbane ever since. My partner and I now live in Taringa with my two wonderful kids.
Before entering politics I was a public interest environmental lawyer working in a community legal centre, representing communities in court cases against companies like Adani, fighting thermal coal projects that threaten surrounding ecosystems, communities and farmland, not to mention our climate. This experience led me to realise that our local area, indeed our State, desperately needs a different kind of representation in the Queensland Parliament.
We need local representatives who are passionate about ensuring a positive outcome for the community on important issues like housing affordability, public transport and appropriate property development.
Rampant property development is spreading across the electorate with no thought given to impacts on local schools, public transport or main roads that are already under pressure. Developers are submitting development applications that are completely inconsistent with neighbourhood plans and public needs, yet they’re approved by our city council within a broken state planning framework, without adequate consultation or consideration of impacts on the community.
I want to see our parliament put Queenslanders before the profits of corporations and that’s why I support the Greens’ stand on banning political donations from profit-driven corporate interests. It’s time we put the power back in the hands of the people and started to clean up politics.
As the representative of our local community in Queensland’s parliament, I will always put people and community before profit. This is increasingly uncommon in Queensland, and that’s why I am proud to represent the Greens in Maiwar.