Matthew Guy Groom (born 24 November 1970) is an Australian lawyer and former politician. He was a Liberal Party member for Denison in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 2010 to 2018. He served as Minister for State Growth, Energy, Environment, Parks and Heritage.[1] Groom also acted as Attorney-General and Minister for Justice during the extended illness of the late Vanessa Goodwin.[2] In September 2017, Groom announced his retirement from politics, giving as a reason the negative impact politics has had on his family life. [3] In August 2018 he was appointed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.[4]


Matthew Groom
Member of the Tasmanian Parliament
for Denison
In office
20 March 2010 – 3 March 2018
Personal details
Born (1970-11-24) 24 November 1970 (age 49)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
ParentsRay Groom
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
University of Tasmania
ProfessionLawyer
Websitehttp://www.matthewgroom.com.au/

Groom was the highest polling candidate for the Liberal Party in Denison at the 2010 Tasmanian state election, securing 13.4% of the primary vote on his own.[5]

Prior to politics, Groom worked as Legal Counsel at Hydro Tasmania and then as General Counsel with the Tasmanian renewable energy company Roaring 40s. He had earlier worked as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer with top-tier Australian law firms Freehills and Minter Ellison both in Melbourne and London.[6]

He holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Tasmania and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Melbourne.[6]

He is married to Ruth (Kile) and has two daughters, Chloe and Meg, and a son, Joshua. He is the son of former Premier of Tasmania Ray Groom.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/cabinet
  2. ^ 7111, corporateName=Commonwealth Parliament; address=Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600; contact=+61 2 6277. "List of Australian Attorneys-General". www.aph.gov.au. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Tasmanian Attorney-General Matthew Groom stepping down from politics".
  4. ^ "Matthew Groom appointed to Administrative Appeals Tribunal".
  5. ^ "House of Assembly 2010 results – Denison – first preferences". Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Infradebt". Infradebt | Home. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Parliamentary Library Profile". Retrieved 10 April 2010.