Fr Michael Tate was educated at St Virgil’s College, Hobart.He graduated in law from the University of Tasmania in 1968, and in Theology from Oxford University in 1971.
He was a Senator for Tasmania from 1978-93, being Federal Minister for Justice from 1987-93. He served as Ambassador to the Netherlands and the Holy See 1993-96.
He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1996.
He returned to Australia and was ordained a Priest in May 2000 and is now Vicar General.
He lectures in International Humanitarian Law.
He has recently been appointed Parliamentary Standards Commissioner which role is associated with the Integrity Commission.