Muscat, Terry (22.3.1933-)

Trade Unionist

Born in Mellieba, Muscat emigrated to 1956. He immediately joined the ironworkers' Association in Victoria (FIA). He was elected in was elected to the FIA Victorian of management in 1959. He was Victorian legate to the FIA national conference in 1964, and since 1965, he has served as FIA delegate to the biennial congresses of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) as foundation member ofACTU's Migrant Workers Committee. Muscat was elected full-time FIA Victorian branch organizer (1969), assistant secretary (1982), and president (1990).

Muscat has served as member for the Australian Labour Party (ALP) Public Office Selection Committee since 1986 and was delegate to the Victorian Trades Hall Council (1969-93). He also served as trustee of the Metals Traders Federation of Unions (1985-89).

Muscat was Victoria State president of the Federation of Industrial Manufacturing & Engineering Employees (FIMEE) and or the Australian Workers Union (AIW). He was elected as AWU national executive member (1995), and in 1997 he was elected national secretary of the Australian Workers' Union.

Muscat has also represented Australia at international trade union conferences including the International Metal Federation 1989 study mission to Asia and the IMF Centennial 1992 study mission to Europe (Zurich).

Muscat has been heavily involved with the Maltese community in Australia. He was president of the Malta Star of the Sea Organization (1956-62); founder-member of the Maltese Community Council of Victoria (1962), President of the Anglo-Maltese Association (1977); foundation president of Western Region Maltese Community Council ((1980), and vice-president of the Maltese Cultural Association of Victoria (1994). He was also involved with the Sunshine George Cross Soccer Club (1988-92) as president (1991-92). He was also the Maltese language coordinator for the community radio station 3CR.

Muscat has been a justice of the peace since 1974. He was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia in 1992 and nominated knight of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1994.

Since 1994 Muscat has been vice-president of the Maltese Cultural Association of Victoria.

Muscat is married to Jane and has two sons, Sam and Edwin, and two daughters, Michelle and Helen.

Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri

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