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Matt Foley (politician)

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The Hon. Matthew Joseph "Matt" Foley (born 24 January 1951) is a former Australian politician. Before entering politics, he was a barrister and social worker, and sub-dean of the Social Work Faculty at Queensland University 1981–1983. He was chairperson of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal (1983–1986), president of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (1985–1987), a member of the Criminal Law Sub-Committee of the Bar Association of Queensland and of the National Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (1988–1989) and National President of the Labor Lawyers Association (1989).[1]

The Hon
Matt Foley
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Yeronga
In office
2 December 1989 – 17 February 2001
Preceded by Norm Lee
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Yeerongpilly
In office
17 February 2001 – 7 February 2004
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Simon Finn
Personal details
Born Matthew Joseph Foley
(1951-01-24) 24 January 1951 (age 67)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor Party
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Solicitor, Social worker

In 1989, Foley was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland as the Labor member for Yeronga.[1] From 1992 onward, Foley served as Attorney-General of Queensland and Minister for the Arts, among other roles, in the Wayne Goss Government.[1] In opposition from 1996-1998, Foley was Shadow Attorney-General.[1] When Labor won government under Peter Beattie in 1998, Foley was appointed Minister for the Arts, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. At the 2001 election, his seat was abolished and he successfully contested Yeerongpilly. Judge Roslyn Atkinson has credited Foley, in his role as Queensland Attorney-General, with making the Bench more inclusive and representative of wider society, and specifically appointing more women to the Bench.[2] After the election, he became Minister for Employment, Training and Youth, keeping his responsibility for the Arts but leaving his legal portfolios. Foley retired from politics in 2004.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Interview with Judge Roslyn Atkinson, 'The Conversation Hour', ABC Radio National, 10 October 2015. Accessed 28 October 2015
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Norm Lee
Member for Yeronga
New seat Member for Yeerongpilly
Succeeded by
Simon Finn