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SESELJA, the Hon. Zdenko Matthew (Zed)Biography for SESELJA, the Hon. Zdenko Matthew (Zed)

Senator for Australian Capital Territory

Liberal Party of Australia



Parliamentary Service

Territory: Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 2004 to 2013.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for the Australian Capital Territory 2013. Re-elected 2016 and 2019. Defeated at general elections 2022.


Parliamentary Appointments

Member of the National Library of Australia Council from 11.12.2013 to 10.11.2016.


Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 7.7.2014 to 9.5.2016.


Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs from 19.7.2016 to 20.12.2017.

Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation from 20.12.2017 to 28.8.2018.

Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.

Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters from 29.5.2019 to 22.12.2020.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific from 22.12.2020 to 23.5.2022.


Committee Service

Joint Select: Australia Fund Establishment served from 29.10.2014 to 25.6.2015

Joint Standing: National Capital and External Territories served from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; Parliamentary Library served as Joint Chair from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016; National Disability Insurance Scheme served from 2.12.2013 to 9.5.2016

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Community Affairs: Legislation served from 13.11.2013 to 30.6.2014; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation served from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: References served from 13.11.2013 to 1.7.2014; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation served as Substitute member from 28.2.2014 to 28.2.2014; Community Affairs: Legislation served as Chair from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016; Community Affairs: References served from 1.7.2014 to 9.5.2016

Senate Select: National Broadband Network served from 2.12.2013 to 1.7.2014; Health served from 26.6.2014 to 5.5.2016

Senate Standing: Parliamentary Library served from 13.11.2013 to 1.12.2013; Scrutiny of Delegated Legislation served from 13.11.2013 to 9.5.2016


Party Positions

Convener of the Liberal Party Policy Committee (ACT) from 2003 to 2004.


Personal

Born 27.3.1977, Canberra, Australia

Married


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Australian National University).

LLB (Australian National University).

GradCertPubAdmin (University of Canberra).

GradDipLegPrac (Australian National University).

Employed at Woolworths supermarkets from 1995 to 1998.

Cleaner at Mackillop College, 1998.

Legal Assistant at the Australian Fisheries Management Authority from 1998 to 1999.

Policy Officer, Lawyer, Senior Lawyer at the Department of Transport and Regional Services from 2000 to 2004.


State/Territory Government Service

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 2004 to 2013.

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure from 2004 to 2007.

Shadow Minister for Planning from 2004 to 2012.

Shadow Minister for Youth Affairs from 2004 to 2007.

Elected to the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, 2004. Resigned 11.6.2013 to contest election to the Senate for the Australian Capital Territory.

Shadow Minister for Corrections from 2006 to 2012.

Parliamentary Leader of the Canberra Liberals from 2007 to 2013.

Leader of the Opposition from December 2007 to June 2013.

Shadow Minister for Education and Training, 2008.

Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs, 2008.

Shadow Minister for Ageing from 2008 to 2012.

Shadow Minister for Environment and Climate Change from 2008 to 2012.

Shadow Minister for Housing Affordability from 2008 to 2012.

Shadow Minister for Human Rights from 2008 to 2012.

Shadow Minister for Transport Planning from 2008 to 2012.

Shadow Attorney-General from 2012 to 2013.

Shadow Minister for Cost of Living from 2012 to 2013.

Shadow Minister for Police, Emergency Services, Corrections and Industrial Relations to 2012 to 2013.

Shadow Minister for Utilities from 2012 to 2013.