Federal Member for Deakin 2007-2013
Mike Symon was born in the electorate and has lived in Ringwood and Heathmont for the last 30 years after growing up at his parent’s home in Bayswater.
Mike lives with his wife Cheryl and their two high school aged daughters in Heathmont.
Mike commenced an electrical mechanic’s apprenticeship in 1983 as a 17 year old. Mike worked for over 20 years as a qualified industrial and commercial electrician and continued to train in additional areas such as electrical controls, telecommunications, data, fibre optics and workplace training. Mike holds a Diploma (Certificate V) of Occupational Health and Safety and has worked on major projects as a Health and Safety Co-ordinator and Return To Work officer.
As the local representative for 6 years, Mike brought his local knowledge, energy, and a wealth of experience to representing the people of Deakin.
As a Member of Parliament, Mike chaired the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment; and was a member of the Standing Committee on Infrastructure and Communications; the Standing Committee on Petitions; the Standing Committee on Privileges and Members’ Interests and the Joint Standing Committe on the National Broadband Network.
Mike is passionate about securing economic opportunities and jobs for Deakin, supporting local communities, and is focused on education and training, local infrastructure upgrades and maintaining fair work laws for working people.
Mike served as the Federal Labor Member for Deakin in the 42nd and 43rd Federal Parliaments from November 2007 to September 2013.
With the next Federal election now less than 18 months away, Mike is now standing for Labor party preselection for the seat of Deakin, and if successful he will be out and about campaigning in the electorate in just a few weeks time.