Michael Johnson is a Brisbane barrister in private practice at the Queensland Bar. He was first admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 1999. His legal interest lies in constitutional law, immigration, foreign investment, capital raising and trade. Michael’s developing legal practice specializes in advice on official misconduct, statutory abuse of office and internal complaints systems. He has represented clients in unfair dismissal and civil discrimination cases.
He is also a nationally accredited Corporate and Business Mediator. Michael is a Board Member of the APEC Women’s Advisory Leadership Forum and the World Chinese Economic Forum (WCEF). He is a member of the Cambridge Club of Queensland and Harvard Club of Australia (HCA).
Michael was a member of the Australian Parliament serving three (3) terms from 2001 to 2010. He became Federal Parliamentary Whip in 2007 in the 42nd Australian Parliament. Michael was the first Member of the Australian Parliament to have a part-Chinese heritage. He was the second youngest elected to the House of Representatives at the age of 31.
Michael was born in Hong Kong, grew up in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and educated in Brisbane at the University of Queensland, where he earned dual degrees in Arts and Law. He undertook graduate studies at the University of Cambridge and the University of Birmingham, where he earned double Masters’ Degrees in international relations majoring in Chinese studies, political science and international relations. Michael is also a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University. He has also studied Chinese Mandarin at Fudan University in Shanghai and Beijing Capital Teacher’s University.