Michael Field, 2009 by Remi Chauvin

image of Michael Field 2009 by Remi Chauvin

Artist's statement

Michael Field made history by bringing the Australian Labor Party back to power and forming minority government with the Greens in Tasmania in 1989. A very ambitious social, fiscal and environmental reform agenda ultimately led to his government's defeat in 1992. The following five years as Opposition Leader were turbulent and exhausting, seeing Michael bow out from a high-profile, public life in 1997. Still a well respected elder of state politics, but now far from Parliament House, these days Michael prefers to be diving for abalone or crayfish in the cold waters near his home on the Tasman Peninsula.