Michael Knight (Australian politician)

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The Honourable
Michael Knight
AO
File:21 ACPS Atlanta 1996 Closing Ceremony Michael Knight.jpg
Michael Knight with the IPC flag at the closing ceremony of the 1996 Summer Paralympics
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Campbelltown
In office
19 September 1981 – 12 January 2001
Preceded by Cliff Mallam
Succeeded by Graham West
Minister for the Olympics
In office
4 April 1995 – 12 January 2001
Premier Bob Carr
Succeeded by abolished
Minister for Public Works and Services
In office
4 April 1995 – 15 December 1995
Premier Bob Carr
Minister for Roads
In office
4 April 1995 – 28 November 1996
Premier Bob Carr
Preceded by Bruce Baird
Succeeded by Carl Scully
President of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games
In office
1996–2000
Leader Juan Antonio Samaranch
Preceded by Billy Payne
Succeeded by Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
Personal details
Born (1952-09-21) 21 September 1952 (age 67)
Leichhardt, New South Wales
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Anne
Children Two daughters
Alma mater University of Sydney
Profession Probation and parole officer
Website Parliamentary webpage

Michael Steven Knight AO (born 21 September 1952 in Leichhardt, New South Wales[1]) is a former Australian politician. He was member for Campbelltown in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly between 1981 and 2001. He served as Minister for the Olympics between 1995 and 2001 in the Carr Labor government.

Background and early career

Knight attended Doonside High School and Cranbrook School. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney and worked for the Campbelltown City Council as a social planner and parole officer before entering politics.[1]

Political career

Knight entered the New South Wales Legislative Assembly at the 1981 election succeeding Cliff Mallam who had held the seat for ten years.[1] Originally a member of the left–wing faction, Knight defected to right–wing faction after a trip in Europe which convinced him that socialism had failed.[2]

Knight remained on the back bench until 1995 when he was appointed to the state Cabinet with ministerial responsibilities for Public Works and Services, the Olympics and Roads. His responsibilities were later in 1995 reduced to Roads and Olympics. In 1996 this was further reduced to responsibility for the Olympics, a portfolio he held until his retirement in 2001.[1][2] As Minister for the Olympics he was Chair of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG).

Post political career

In 2007 Knight was appointed to the Chair of the Board of the Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the body which manages the day-to-day running and future development of Sydney Olympic Park. He was reappointed to the Board as its Chairman in 2013, and his term expires in June 2016.[3][4]

Knight was a director of the stateowned corporation, Delta Electricity, until December 2010 when he was one of the four directors who resigned en masse in protest of the privatisation of the generating assets of the company.[5] During 2005 he also served as chairman of Sydney Gas Limited,[6] prior to its takeover by the Australian Gas Light Company.[7]

He is also the non-executive Chairman of InfraShore, a public-private partnership consortium between Thiess-Royal Bank of Scotland in charge of the billion-dollar redevelopment of Royal North Shore Hospital.[8]

Honours

For his services to the Olympic movement he was inducted into the Olympic Order.[citation needed]

In January 2002 Knight was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to Olympic and Paralympic sport, particularly in the area of Games' administration, to the New South Wales Parliament, and to the community of Campbelltown.[9]

Personal

Knight is married to Anne, and they have two daughters.[1] He is a keen supporter of Wests Tigers rugby league team.[10]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "The Hon. Michael Steven KNIGHT (1952 - )". Former members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2001. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Green, Antony (5 April 2011). "Campbelltown". NSW Votes 2011. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Annesley, Graham (8 March 2013). "Michael Knight reappointed Chairman of Sydney Olympic Park Authority" (Press release). Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The Honourable Michael Knight AO (Chair)". Our Board. Sydney Olympic Park Authority. 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Salusinszky, Imre; Hepworth, Annabel (15 December 2010). "Chaos hits $5.3bn NSW power sell-off as directors on two boards quit in protest". The Australian. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Freed, Jamie; O'Sullivan, Matt; Evans, Michael; Chessell, James (10 December 2005). "Knight out of the Sydney Gas games". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "About Sydney Gas LTD". Hunter-Bulga Gas Action Group. 2006. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Mitchell, Alex (16 January 2011). "Tebbutt chief aide bales out". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "KNIGHT, Michael Steven". It's an Honour. Commonwealth of Australia. 26 January 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Walter, Brad; Masters, Roy (5 July 2011). "Knight moves: former Olympics minister in frame for commission". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Billy Payne
President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
2000
Succeeded by
Greece Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Cliff Mallam
Member for Campbelltown
1981 – 2001
Succeeded by
Graham West
Political offices
Preceded by
Ian Armstong
Minister for Public Works and Services
1995–1995
Succeeded by
Carl Scully
Preceded by
Bruce Baird
Minister for Roads
1995–1996
Succeeded by
Carl Scully
New title Minister for the Olympics
1995–2001
Succeeded by
abolished