Matthew Mason-Cox was elected to the Legislative Council on September 28, 2006. Following the March 2007 NSW State election, Matthew was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in the Legislative Council and appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury.
Matthew is a member of the Standing Committee on State Development, currently holding inquiries into the NSW nanotechnology industry and the recently amended NSW planning framework.
Matthew is also a member of the General Purpose Standing Committee No 1, which inquires into budget estimates for portfolio areas such as the Premier’s Department, Treasury, Infrastructure, Roads and Commerce.
Matthew brings to the Parliament a unique mix of skills in small business, public policy development, privatisation, project and infrastructure development plus corporate advisory and legal expertise earned at senior levels in both the public and private sectors.
Prior to entering Parliament, Matthew was a small business owner, operating optometry and optical dispensing businesses in the Queanbeyan region.
Matthew served at senior levels in the Australian Public Service in the privatisation of federal airports and the fast tracking of major infrastructure projects such as the $10 billion North West Shelf LNG expansion project. Matthew also served as secretary and senior adviser to federal parliamentary committees including the Defence Sub-Committee and the Family Law Committee inquiry into the Child Support Scheme.
Matthew was Corporate Counsel to Elders IXL Ltd in Adelaide and trained as a solicitor at Freehills in Sydney. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of NSW, where he was awarded the University Prize for Banking Law.
Matthew is a graduate of the Mount Eliza Leadership Training Program and the Australian Capital Region Leadership Program.
Matthew is an active member of his community having served as a director of the Capital Region Business Enterprise Centre and the Queanbeyan Business Council. Matthew is a member of the Rotary Club of Queanbeyan West and in 2004 was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International’s highest award for service to the community.
Matthew is married with four beautiful children.