Matt Keogh was elected as the first member for the new electorate of Burt at the 2016 Federal election.
After graduating law school at the University of Notre Dame Australia, Matt practiced as a lawyer at Travers & Keogh in Kelmscott. Matt became chairperson of Starick Services, an organisation running refuges for victims of family and domestic. Matt later joined the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, becoming a Principal Federal Prosecutor focusing on insider trading, market manipulation and breaches of directors’ duties.
Matt was elected to the Council of the Law Society of Western Australia and became the Convenor of its Young Lawyers Committee, was awarded the Law Council of Australia’s Australian Young Lawyer of the Year Award in 2009, became chair of the Australian Young Lawyers Committee and was the 2015 President of the Law Society as well as a Director of the Law Council of Australia. Before entering Federal politics Matt was working with leading international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in Perth, focused on corporate crime and investigations work, including contentious regulatory work, anti-bribery and corruption.
Matt is deeply concerned with ensuring people are able to find work in the post-mining boom economy though transitioning the Australian economy into developing our science and technology, using renewable energy sources. Matt was the inaugural chairperson and is still a director of Law Access, Western Australia’s pro bono law clearing house service.