Matthew Morris (politician)

Matthew Allan Morris (15 March 1969 – 28 June 2020) was an Australian politician, who was elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for the seat of Charlestown representing the Labor Party.[1]

Matthew Morris
Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly
for Charlestown
In office
22 March 2003 – 4 March 2011
Preceded byRichard Face
Succeeded byAndrew Cornwell
Personal details
Matthew Allan Morris

(1969-03-15)15 March 1969
Waratah, New South Wales, Australia
Died28 June 2020(2020-06-28) (aged 51)
Political partyLabor Party
RelationsPeter Morris (father)
Allan Morris (uncle)

Matthew was the son of Peter Morris, and a nephew of Allan Morris, both politicians. He succeeded Richard Face as the member for Charlestown at the 2003 New South Wales state election. Morris won re-election at the 2007 election with 43.46% of the vote, fending off his closest competitors, independent Paul Scarfe with 24.56% and Liberal Lindsay Paterson with 18.63%. On 26 March 2011, Morris was defeated by Cardiff veterinarian Andrew Cornwell.[citation needed]

This was the first time in electoral history the Liberal Party had held the seat of Charlestown or any Lake Macquarie or Newcastle seats. This was one of 32 seats that the former Labour government lost under the leadership of Kristina Keneally.[2]

On 30 June 2020, it was reported that Morris had died on 28 June from brain cancer, which had been diagnosed earlier that year.[3]


  1. ^ "Mr Matthew Allan Morris (1969– )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  2. ^ "2011 NSW election". Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Lake Macquarie council pays tribute to former Charlestown MP Matthew Morris". Newcastle Herald. 30 June 2020. Retrieved 30 June 2020.


New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Richard Face
Member for Charlestown
Succeeded by
Andrew Cornwell