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The Hon. Michael Gallacher MLC


The Hon. Michael Gallacher MLC is a member of the NSW Parliament of the Legislative Council and the Chair Committee of the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3.

After the 2011 election, Michael served as the Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Central Coast, Minister for the Hunter, Minister for Industrial Relations, and Vice-President of the Executive Council.

Michael has been in the Legislative Council since April 1996 and was elected Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council in 1999, a position he held continuously until March 2011 when he was appointed a Minister and Leader of the Government.

He previously held several Shadow Ministerial portfolios including Police, Transport Services, Industrial Relations, Small Business, Fair Trading, the Hunter and Central Coast Development.

Between 1980 and 1996, Michael served in the NSW Police Force attaining the rank of Detective Senior Constable. He resigned in 1996 to enter the Legislative Council.

During this time Michael served in roles spanning across General Duties, Highway Patrol and the largest portion of his career in an investigative role with Police Internal Affairs and criminal investigation.

In 1988, Michael commenced covert duties targeting corrupt police resulting in the arrest of numerous individuals for a range of indictable offences.

After leaving internal investigative duties, Michael went onto complete his studies and become a Detective working in general investigations as well performing a leadership role with a Special Operations Group.

In 1994, Michael returned to Internal Affairs at a time when a Royal Commission into the NSW Police Force was taking place. Here he took on a Corruption Prevention Role and was directly involved in a number of the high profile cases exposed during that Commission of Inquiry.

Mike has been awarded the National Police Medal, NSW Police Service Medal and in 2011 received a Police Commendation.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.Prof.St.), University of New England.

Born in Glasgow Scotland, he immigrated to New South Wales as a young child.