Member for Malvern
Michael was elected to the Parliament of Victoria as the Member for Malvern in 2006, following a career as an industrial relations lawyer, senior adviser to former Federal Treasurer Peter Costello and commercial barrister at the Victorian Bar.
As member for Malvern, Michael has secured:
Michael is a keen supporter of local community organisations in the Malvern electorate including the Save A Dog Scheme, the Rotary Club of Malvern (where he is an honorary member), East Malvern RSL, and junior sporting clubs.
Ministerial and Parliamentary Service
Following his initial election in 2006 Michael was immediately promoted to the shadow ministry, developing the Liberal Party’s policies across five portfolios ahead of the 2010 Victorian election, helping the Victorian Liberal Nationals secure victory.
Under Premier Ted Baillieu, Michael served as Minister for Energy and Resources, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Consumer Affairs. Following Denis Napthine’s appointment as Premier, Michael became Treasurer of Victoria.
In his two budgets Michael delivered budget surpluses and a stable AAA credit rating while cutting payroll tax, WorkCover premiums, reforming the Fire Services Levy and abolishing stamp duty on life insurance. This was done while providing record investment in health, education and police and transport. During the Liberal Nationals’ term in office, Victoria created more jobs than any other state in the nation.
Leader of the Opposition
In December 2018, Michael was elected by his colleagues as Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition. Michael elected to also assume the Small Business portfolio; a sector close to his heart.
As Liberal Leader, Michael has engaged directly with Victorians through a series of listening tours across the state and has reformed the Coalition’s policy making process.
Michael has already made significant policy announcements including his plans to end household waste being sent to Victorian landfill, the promotion of “energy from waste” technology throughout Victoria as well as a positive agenda to rebuild Victoria’s economy as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under Michael’s leadership, the Liberal Nationals team is working to hold the current Labor Government to account and to provide a clear alternative vision for Victoria.
Michael O’Brien lives in his Malvern electorate with his wife and two children.
He was educated at Marcellin College and the University of Melbourne, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Michael undertook his articled clerkship at Molomby & Molomby (now Middletons) and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.
He follows the Carlton Football Club and is a very keen golfer.