Michael Duffy (Australian politician)

Michael John Duffy ONZ (born 2 March 1938), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Holt from 1980 to 1996. He was Minister for Communications from 1983 to 1987, Minister for Trade Negotiations from 1987 to 1990 and the Attorney-General from 1990 to 1993.

Michael Duffy

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Holt
In office
18 October 1980  21 January 1996
Preceded byWilliam Yates
Succeeded byGareth Evans
Personal details
Born (1938-03-02) 2 March 1938
Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

On 6 February 1990, in recognition of work on the Closer Economic Relations agreement between Australia and New Zealand Duffy was the first Australian and fifteenth appointee to The Order of New Zealand.[1][2] In 1990 he was also awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[3]

He retired from politics prior to the 1996 election.

Duffy is currently the chairman of the board of directors for Racing Victoria Limited.[4]


  1. "Honours and Awards" (15 February 1990) 23 New Zealand Gazette 445 at 446.
  2. ONZ Biographical Notes Archived 29 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine, New Zealand Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 17 March 2007.
  3. Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 127. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  4. RVL Board of Directors Archived 13 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Racing Victoria Limited. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
Political offices
Preceded by
Neil Brown
Minister for Communications
Succeeded by
Gareth Evans
Preceded by
John Dawkins
Minister for Trade Negotiations
Succeeded by
Neal Blewett
Preceded by
Lionel Bowen
Succeeded by
Duncan Kerr
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
William Yates
Member for Holt
Succeeded by
Gareth Evans
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