Mike began his career fighting for the rights of injured workers and campaigning for those suffering from asbestos related diseases in Sydney. In 1987 he joined the Army and has extensive military experience, serving in a number of international operational deployments including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Somalia, East Timor and Iraq.

Mike is a leading expert on peace and stabilisation operations, post-conflict reconstruction and counter-insurgency. He has a PhD in related fields, has published two books, numerous articles, and been a regular speaker at military training programs and conferences around the world.  

Mike is passionate about renewable energy and the need to act on Climate Change. He is a strong advocate for veterans and the interests of rural and regional Australia within the Labor Party and Parliament.

Mike lives in Queanbeyan with his wife Shelly. His family has lived in and contributed to the Eden-Monaro region since 1847.