Michael was elected as the Member for Cunningham following a by-election in 2002, serving from 19 October 2002 to 8 October 2004. He was born in Bulli, NSW in 1956.
Michael's election win was driven by a strong community campaign opposing development at Sandon Point, which was a threat to Aboriginal cultural heritage, wetlands and natural bushland.
During his time in Parliament, Michael condemned the war in Iraq, supported a move towards free tertiary education, opposed privatisation of public assets, and worked to support self-determination for Tibet.
Michael also served on the House of Respresentatives Select Committee investigating bushfires in Australia.