Michael Arnold was born in country Victoria. He became politically active in Perth when he was 15. This was when he joined the socialist youth organisation Resistance and the Democratic Socialist Party.
When he was in his twenties, Arnold became active in the Harm Reduction Movement. He set up Rave Safe in Melbourne in the 1990s and produced a magazine called Flying Frequencies for the Harm Reduction Movement.
Arnold was also active in community radio, producing a program for Harm Reduction on 3CR Community Radio, and being a DJ on PBS.
Politics and music were Arnold’s great love. He politicised his friends and family and maintained a strong interest in left-wing politics throughout his life.
Michael Arnold was well-loved and respected by friends and family. His politics and passion will be greatly missed.