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Michael Danby

DANBY, MICHAEL (1955– ), Australian politician. Danby was born and educated in Melbourne, the son of a German Jew who fled to Australia after Kristallnacht. He worked for many years for the Australia-Israel Review, a Melbourne-based fortnightly magazine of which he was editor from 1986 to 1993, before entering the Australia parliament as the Labor member for Melbourne Ports, a heavily Jewish seat, in 1998, the only Jew in Australia's House of Representatives. He often defended Israel against critics of its policies, many from the left wing of his own party. From 2001 he served as an Opposition whip.


G.B. Levey and P. Mendes (eds.), Jews and Australian Politics (2004).

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