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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. Resigned 9.8.2013 to contest the House of Representatives division of Kingsford Smith, New South Wales. Elected to the House of Representatives for Kingsford Smith, New South Wales, 2013. Re-elected 2016 and 2019.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs from 22.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs from 25.3.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport from 1.7.2013 to 18.9.2013.

Committee Service

Senate Select: Scrutiny of New Taxes from 1.7.2011 to 1.11.2011; Electricity Prices from 23.8.2012 to 1.11.2012.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: Legislation from 1.7.2011 to 14.5.2013.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 1.7.2011 to 14.5.2013; Public Accounts and Audit from 1.7.2011 to 14.5.2013; Human Rights from 13.3.2012 to 14.5.2013.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.2011 to 14.5.2013; Migration from 4.12.2013 to 9.5.2016.

Joint Select: Gambling Reform from 27.6.2012 to 14.5.2013; Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from 29.11.2012 to 5.8.2013; Broadcasting Legislation from 14.3.2013 to 14.5.2013; Road Safety from 12.2.2020 to 9.11.2020 (Deputy Chair from 12.2.2020 to 30.6.2020); Road Safety from 17.3.2021 (Deputy Chair from 26.5.2021).

House of Representatives Standing: Infrastructure and Communications from 4.12.2013 to 13.10.2015; Infrastructure, Transport and Cities from 19.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Economics from 15.9.2016 to 11.4.2019; Tax and Revenue from 22.7.2019.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration from 18.10.2013 to 23.7.2016.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury from 23.7.2016 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Minister for an Australian Head of State from 24.10.2017 to 2.6.2019.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Financial Services from 2.6.2019 to 28.1.2021.

Shadow Assistant Minister for the Republic from 2.6.2019.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation from 28.1.2021.

Party Positions

President of Young Labor (NSW) from 1997 to 1998.

Chair of the Australian Labor Party Law Reform Committee from 2001 to 2008.

Chair of the Australian Labor Party Review Tribunal from 2004 to 2008.

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party Kingsford Smith Federal Electorate Council from 2005 to 2008.

Secretary of the Australian Labor Party State Branch (NSW) from 2008 to 2010.


Born 6.9.1972, Sydney, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (University of New South Wales).

DipLegPrac (University of Technology, Sydney).

DipLaw (University of Technology, Sydney).

Industrial Officer for the Australian Workers' Union from 1995 to 2004.

Deputy Secretary of Unions NSW from 2004 to 2008.

Solicitor for Mallesons Stephen Jaques from 2010 to 2011.


Name: Kingsford Smith

Location: Kingsford Smith covers an area from La Perouse in the south to Randwick and Coogee in the north. The main suburbs include Banksmeadow, Botany, Chifley, Clovelly (part), Coogee, Daceyville, Eastgardens, Eastlakes, Hillsdale, Kensington, Kingsford, La Perouse, Little Bay, Malabar, Maroubra, Mascot, Matraville, Pagewood, Phillip Bay, Port Botany, Randwick (part) and South Coogee.

Area: 91 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 111,098 (at 11.7.2019)

Industries: Shipping, aviation, paper manufacturing, light manufacturing, commercial and retail businesses. Sydney's domestic and international airports are located in the division.