Hon. Michael GAFFNEY MLC



End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying):

End-of-Life Choices Bill

Mike has presented thirty-eight (38) End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill information forums across Tasmania in February. At least one forum was held within every Local Government Area included both King Island and Flinders Island.

It was initially intended to table the Bill in August 2020 however the COVID-19 situation has impacted on the Tasmanian Parliament and its work. The EOLC (VAD) Bill will be tabled as soon as possible and when appropriate.

Once the virus situation is resolved and meetings can take place, community groups are able to invite Mike to present more public information forum (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration) in their town. Please feel free to contact Bonnie Phillips on 0364 223000 or bonnie.phillips@parliament.tas.gov.au. These forums can be held as soon as travel and group gathering restrictions are lifted and as soon as practicable.

Your personal experiences and views are extremely important in helping to ensure that the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 will meet the needs of Tasmanians and has the best chance of passing. 

If you would like to share your story, opinion on the issue or feedback on the Bill, please forward your thoughts to Mike at eolc@parliament.tas.gov.au. Please advise Mike if your submission is confidential {for Mike’s eyes only} or if you would like it to be included in a document to be tabled in the Tasmanian Parliament in August 2020.

This document will provide information for all 40 MP’s both in the Upper (15) and Lower (25) Houses. Mike is also comfortable to speak personally to individuals on 0409015253.


~ First Elected - May 2009
~ Re-elected - May 2015

~ Inaugural Speech

~ Speeches

~ Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2012 (No. 41) (Video)

  • TACH (Tas Assn of Community Houses)
  • CPA (C’Wealth Parl Assn)
Internship Projects:
  • Port Sorell First Response Unit
  • Port Sorell : Cycling for Active Transport
  • Mersey Young People and Youth Services
Reports: Parliamentary Internship Project - First Response Units



~ Date of Birth: 30 November 1959

~ Birth Place: Devonport, Tasmania.

Education and Training:
  • Bachelor of Education (Tasmanian University)
  • Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies - Emotional Disturbances and Behavioural Disorders (Newcastle University)
  • Diploma of Teaching, Certificate 1V in Assessors Training (Recognition Services)
  • Certificate 1V in Assessors Training (Recognition Services)

Professional Career :

Michael's professional career primarily involves young people and he has been with the Education Department since 1979. Originally a Health and Physical Education teacher and then as an AST3 (Senior Teacher), Mike became heavily involved with behaviour management in schools both with the Barrington District Support Team and as a Senior Education Officer with the State-wide Behaviour Management Team.

Mike has taught at the following schools: Murray High School, Bridgewater High School, Latrobe High School AST 3, Beverley Boys School London (Commonwealth Teachers Exchange), Devonport High School (Assistant Principal), Reece High School AST 3, Barrington District Support Service, Statewide Behaviour Support Team (SEO).

Civic and Community:

Mike has been involved in Local Government since nominating for Latrobe Council in 1994.  After serving as a Councillor for 4 years and Deputy Mayor for 4 years, Mike was elected as Mayor in 2003.  He was re-elected as Mayor in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

He stepped down from the role in 2014, due to the Local Government (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2013; Members were no longer able to hold ‘dual roles’ (in Local and State Government).

In June 2006 Mike was elected as President of LGAT (Local Government Association of Tasmania) for a two year term, and he was re-elected, unopposed in 2008.  As President, Mike acted as Chairperson of the GMC (General Management Committee), Chief Spokesperson for LGAT on the PLGC (Premiers Local Government Council), and held a Director’s role on the board of ALGA (Australian Local Government Association.)   Mike stepped down from the position in 2009, but maintains an active interest in LGAT.

He is involved with a number of State, Regional and Local Government Committees for example:

  • 2014 - Received the Melvin Jones Fellow Award (from the Latrobe Lions Club) for ‘dedicated humanitarian services’
  • ALGA's representative on the Federal Ministerial for Ageing Committee
  • Ambassador (Premiers Physical Activity Council)
  • AuSSI-Tas - Sustainability Champion
  • Chairman Meercroft Park Facilities Committee
  • Chairperson PFET (Parliamentary friends of Education in Tasmania)
  • Cradle Coast Authority Representatives Committee
  • Devonport Junior Soccer Association Inc
  • East Devonport Primary School - Sailing Ambassador
  • Honorary Rotarian (Latrobe)
  • Latrobe Community Cemetery Management Group
  • Latrobe and District's Youth Centre Management Committee. (Chairperson)
  • Local Government Sustainability Committee
  • Melvin Jones Fellow (Lions International) Award - October 2014
  • Member of the Tasmanian College Stakeholder  2010
  • Member of 'Working Together for a Fair and Healthy Tasmania' Advisory Panel-2010
  • National General Assembly Review Committee
  • NTFL Appeals Tribunal Member
  • Patron - Devonport Soccer Club
  • Patron Devonport Poultry Club
  • Patron of Mersey Community Care
  • Patron - Strathdevon Aged Care
  • Patron - Latrobe Federal Band
  • Patron - LBRC
  • Port Sorell Primary School Steering Committee Member (2011 - 13)
  • Surf Lifesaving Tasmania, Vice President 2002 - current
  • Selected for the Masters All Australian AFL Team – 55+
  • Tall Timbers NW Thunder Basketball (SEABL) - Vice Chairman
  • Tasmania's Demographic Advisory Council
  • Tasmania 's representative on the Australian Council of Local Government
  • Vice Chairman - NW Thunder (SEABL) Board
  • Water and Sewerage Reform Steering Committee (Chair)
  • Waste Management Working Group for the Cradle Coast Region
  • Water and Sewerage Working Group Member - 2012
  • White Ribbon Ambassador (Stop Violence Against Women).

Mike also has responsibility to attend numerous launches, committees meetings, as part of working groups and communicating with residents, groups and businesses.


Mike and Mel married on the 2nd February 1991, and live in Latrobe at Urquhart Keep (Bank of Australasia, 1876).

Michael enjoys travel, antiques, theatre, reading and community events. Mike and Mel also own two West Highland White Terriers - Dimple and Lochie.

Mike has been a successful athlete and has represented Tasmania in baseball, touch football, basketball, volleyball, athletics and football. He has won 12 professional gifts (including 2 Latrobe gifts) and played senior TFL football with Hobart and New Norfolk.

Mike was the playing coach of Latrobe in the Northern Tasmania Football League 1989 / 90 and played over 300 games of North West Senior basketball.

Mike maintains his interest in sporting activities and still competes on the national masters stage in touch football, athletics and AFL Football.  2015 – All Australian Over 55s AFL Football.


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Ph: (03) 6422 3000
Fax:  (03) 6422 3002

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