Michael Danby

Michael Danby

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Michael Danby

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Michael David Danby (born 16 February 1955) is an Australian politician and has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since October 1998, representing the Division of Melbourne Ports, Victoria. Since July 2011 he has been chairman of theParliamentary Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Past Experience

Danby studied Arts at Melbourne University but left without graduating. He was President of the Melbourne University Student Union as well as President of the Australasian Union of Jewish Students. From 1980 to 1983 he was an Australian Army Reserve officer cadet with Officer Cadet Training Unit, 3 Training Group, based at Albert Park and Puckapunyal.

From 1979 to 1983 Danby was manager of Halmaag Art Galleries in Malvern. He was Assistant Private Secretary to Barry Cohen, a minister in the Hawke government 1983-84, and Editor of the Australia-Israel Review in 1986-93. In 1985 he was senior vice-president of the International Youth Conference in Kingston, Jamaica. He was a ministerial adviser to Alan Griffiths, the Industry Minister in the Keating government, 1993-94. He was an industrial officer with the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association 1994-96.


Danby was born in Melbourne, Victoria and lives in Elwood, in his electorate. In February 2008 he and his longtime partner, barrister Amanda Mendes da Costa, were...
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