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THISTLETHWAITE, the Hon. Matthew (Matt) JamesBiography for THISTLETHWAITE, the Hon. Matthew (Matt) James

Member for Kingsford Smith (NSW)

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary Service

Elected to the Senate for New South Wales 2010 (term began 1.7.2011). Resigned 9.8.2013.

Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingsford Smith, New South Wales, 2013.


Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs from 25.3.13 to 18.9.13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs from 25.3.13 to 18.9.13.

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport from 1.7.13 to 18.9.13.


Committee Service

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation Committee from 1.7.11 to 14.5.13.

Senate Select: Scrutiny of New Taxes from 1.7.11 to 1.11.11; Electricity Prices from 23.8.12 to 1.11.12.

House of Representatives Standing: Infrastructure and Communications from 4.12.13.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.11 to 14.5.13; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.7.11 to 14.5.13; Human Rights from 13.3.12 to 14.5.13.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.11 to 14.5.13; Gambling Reform from 27.6.12 to 14.5.13; Migration from 4.12.13.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.12 to 14.5.13; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.13 to 14.5.13.


Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration from 18.10.13.


Party Positions

President, NSW Young Labor 1997-98.

Chair, ALP Law Reform Committee 2001-08.

Chair, ALP Review Tribunal 2004-08.

Secretary, Kingsford Smith Federal Electorate Council 2005-08.

General Secretary, ALP (NSW) 2008-10.


Personal

Born 6.9.1972, Sydney, NSW.

Married.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (UNSW), DipLaw, DipLegalPrac (UTS).

Industrial officer, Australian Workers' Union 1995-2004.

Deputy Secretary, Unions NSW 2004-08.

Solicitor, Mallesons Stephen Jaques from 2010.


Electorate

Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: southern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Banksmeadow, Botany, Chifley, Coogee, Daceyville, Eastgardens, Eastlakes, Hillsdale, Kensington, Kingsford, La Perouse, Little Bay, Malabar, Maroubra, Maroubra Junction, Mascot, Matraville, Pagewood, Phillip Bay, Port Botany and South Coogee, and parts of Clovelly, Randwick and Rosebery.

Area: 127 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 102 418 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: shipping, paper manufacturing, light manufacturing, commercial and retail businesses.

State electorates: Kingsford Smith includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Maroubra, and parts of Coogee and Heffron.