Matt Brown (Australian politician)

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The Honorable
Matt Brown
Member for Kiama
In office
March 1999 – March 2011
Preceded by Bob Harrison
Succeeded by Gareth Ward
Minister for Police
Minister for the Illawarra
In office
8 September 2008 – 11 September 2008
Preceded by David Campbell
Personal details
Born (1972-03-10) 10 March 1972 (age 44)
Political party Australian Labor Party
Profession Solicitor, academic

Matthew James "Matt" Brown (born 10 March 1972) is an Australian politician, elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly for Kiama between 1999 and 2011. He was appointed Minister for Police and Minister for the Illawarra in the New South Wales Government on 8 September 2008 but resigned three days later after allegations of inappropriate conduct at a party in Parliament House occurring in June 2008.

Brown holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong. Prior to his election he worked as solicitor and as a lecturer at the university. [1]

Political career[edit]

Brown was elected as Member for Kiama in 1999, representing the Australian Labor Party.[2] He was sworn in as Minister for Housing and Tourism on 2 April 2007, and promoted to Minister for Police and Minister for the Illawarra on 8 September 2008. He resigned on 11 September 2008 after being accused of erotic dancing at a late-night party in his Parliament House office.[3][4] In 2010, he denied these allegations. [5]

Brown had been suggested to run for the Federal seat of Throsby at the 2013 election but he has decided against it.[6]

Matt Brown ran as a candidate for Kiama Council in the 2016 NSW Council Elections. He was elected to council along with his second running mate, Don Watson.[7]


Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Bob Harrison
Member for Kiama
1999 – 2011
Succeeded by
Gareth Ward
Political offices
Preceded by
Sandra Nori
as Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation
Minister for Tourism
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Jodi McKay