Until his retirement in 2011, Michael worked for the Federal Government in Canberra, including a long period with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He was briefly Secretary to the Federal Executive Council (ExCo).

Michael is standing for election so that he can advocate for the centrality of private property and the market order, free trade, the rule of law, and freedom of the press, religion and speech. Sadly, in recent decades these values and principles have been much eroded in the ACT. Michael wants to see them fully restored.