Michael O'Brien (Victorian politician)

Michael O'Brien (Victorian politician)
The Honourable
Michael O’Brien
Minister for Energy & Resources

Minister for Consumer Affairs
Minister for Gaming

Assumed office
2 December 2010
Premier Ted Baillieu
Preceded by Tony Robinson
Member of the Victorian Parliament
for Malvern
Assumed office
Preceded by Robert Doyle
Personal details
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Michelle O'Brien
Children 2
Profession Barrister

Michael O’Brien is the member for Malvern in the Legislative Assembly of the Parliament of Victoria and is the Minister for Energy and Resources, the Minister for Gaming and the Minister for Consumer Affairs in the State Government of Victoria. He was first elected at the 2006 state election where he replaced former Liberal leader Robert Doyle, who did not recontest the election following his resignation as Leader of the Opposition. O'Brien was re-elected with an increased majority at the 2010 state election. He is a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.



O'Brien underwent secondary education at Marcellin College before completing a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He worked as a barrister at the Victorian Bar practising in the fields of trade practices and commercial law. With co-author Jamie Richardson, O'Brien won the Law Institute of Victoria's Rogers Legal Writing Award in 2006.[1] While at the Bar he also lectured part time in trade practices at the Leo Cussen Institute of Continuing Legal Education and performed pro bono work.

Political career

O'Brien served as a senior adviser to the former Federal Treasurer Peter Costello for five years.[2]

He stood for the Liberal Party of Australia in the blue-ribbon seat of Malvern at the 2006 state election, winning with over 60 per cent of second-preference votes.[3]

On 6 December 2006, he was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet by the State Opposition leader, Ted Baillieu, to the position of Shadow Minister for Gaming.[4] He was one of three newly elected Liberal MPs who were immediately promoted to Shadow Cabinet following the 2006 election, the others being Mary Wooldridge and Matthew Guy.[4]

In August 2007, he was promoted to Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs—taking over from Wendy Lovell—in addition to his responsibilities for gaming.[citation needed] In April 2009, he called for the Brumby Government to change company share laws so that apartment owners could take consumer cases to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, instead of having to go the Supreme Court.[5]

In November 2009, O'Brien was promoted in a shadow cabinet reshuffle. He had been tipped to gain a "senior portfolio" but ended up in charge of three separate economic portfolios: infrastructure and public-private partnerships; energy and resources; and exports and trade.[6] He told a local newspaper that he was "delighted with the changes" and was looking forward to "developing a better alternative to Labor's poor performance [in energy security and improved infrastructure]".[7] He retained the gaming and consumer affairs portfolios.

Following the election of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition at the 2010 state election, O'Brien was sworn in on 2 December 2010 as Minister for Energy and Resources, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Consumer Affairs.[8]

In 2011 the Victorian Government proposed changing the Gaming Regulation Act to make it an offence to insult O'Brien. The Opposition responded by calling him "Windscreens O'Brien - because this proves he's got a glass jaw".[9]

Personal life

O'Brien barracks for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League and is a co-founder of the Spring Street Blues, a Victorian MP supporter group for Carlton.[10]


  1. ^ Malvern Prahran Leader, October 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Malvern Prahran Leader, November 29, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Main source is The Age, December 7, 2006. Brief mention in the Herald Sun, December 7, 2006. "Three new MPs—Mary Wooldridge, Michael O'Brien and Matthew Guy—have picked up frontbench positions. Both Ms Wooldridge and Mr O'Brien are being touted as potential future state leaders."
  4. ^ Sunday Herald Sun, March 29, 2009. "Under the company share system... if an [apartment owner] does not agree with [a decision by the board of management], they must take legal action in the Supreme Court. [...] Mr O'Brien said it was time laws were changed to prevent neighbourly fights clogging up court time, especially when there was a tribunal to deal with such disputes."
  5. ^ The Age, November 6, 2009. Quote taken from an article in the Herald Sun, October 21, 2009.
  6. ^ Malvern Prahran Leader, November 25, 2009.
  7. ^ ABC online, December 02, 2010.
  8. ^ http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/surely-this-is-a-joke/story-fn7x8me2-1226167552466
  9. ^ Carlton Football Club website.


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Preceded by
Robert Doyle
Member for Malvern
Succeeded by

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