Matt Foley

Interviewed by
Peter Spearritt and Roger Scott
Jul 04 2012
Matt Foley
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Matt Foley discusses his early education and childhood in Brisbane. 


Matt Foley describes his employment options following the completion of his senior school certificate and recalls an amusing anecdote about a meeting with senior members of the Air Force at the Officer Academy at Point Cook.

armed services, RAAF, social work, University of Queensland

Matt Foley discusses the political views of his family and the development of his own political views while a student at the University of Queensland.

Brian Laver, Dan O'Neill, University of Queensland, Vietnam War

Matt Foley comments on an early career position as a Child Welfare Officer and describes time spent travelling in the United Kingdom before moving to live in a Kibbutz in Israel.

Bruno Bettelheim, social work

Matt Foley describes moving to Belfast where he worked on a project which examined the impact of the Troubles on young people. Following this he moved back to Australia and he describes the political mood on his return.

Indigenous issues, Roisin Goss, Whitlam Government 1972-75

Matt Foley shares his opinion on the Bjelke-Petersen Government. He recalls meeting Kath Walker (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) as a teenager.

Aboriginal Legal Service, Bjelke-Petersen Government 1968-87, Colin Lamont, James Baldwin, Kath Walker, Paul Wilson, Stradbroke Island

Matt Foley describes how he taught Aboriginal Social Policy at the University of Queensland. He discusses his decision to study law.

Aboriginal Legal Service, University of Queensland

Matt Foley speaks on his initial reluctance to join a political party but describes how he eventually joined the ALP, first becoming a member at the Kurilpa branch and later Yeronga.

Anne Warner, Communist Party, Di Fingleton, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley describes how he was approached to stand for election and discusses his 1989 election campaign strategies.

1989 election, campaign strategy, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley recalls his pre-existing impressions of the Queensland Parliament prior to the election of the Goss Government in 1989. He discusses some of the reforms of the Goss Government.

Fitzgerald Inquiry, Goss Government 1989-96, Native Title, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley talks about his involvement with EARC. He recalls an anecdote about his time in Britain to illustrate his views on the Peaceful Assembly Act.

Criminal Justice Commission, EARC

Matt Foley talks further about the Peaceful Assembly Act. He describes issues associated with One Vote One Value. He speaks on changes to the relationship between the government and the opposition.

Lesley Clark, Molly Robson, Rod Welford

Matt Foley discusses his appointment as Minister of Employment, Training and Industrial Relations. 

Employment, Industrial Relations, Jim Elder, Molly Robson, SEQEB dispute, unions, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley describes the industrial action at the Mount Isa Mines in 1994.

Bill Kelty, industrial disputes, Martin Ferguson, Mount Isa Mines, Tony McGrady

Matt Foley speaks further on industrial relations, the introduction of Enterprise Bargaining and the role of employee groups. He discusses the training and employment aspects of his portfolio.

enterprise bargaining, Industrial Relations, Laurie Brereton, Queensland Rail, tobacco tax, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley describes his relationship with the Director General and the department.

Bob Marshman, Peter Henneken, relationship with public service, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley discusses the role of evidence and argument in advancing the priorities of the department. He describes some of the reforms needed within the sector. 

Bob Marshman, Employment, Industrial Relations, Kevin Rudd, privatisation, Serina Russo, Training, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley discusses losing government in 1996 and the importance of acting while in government.

Peter Beattie

Matt Foley describes the impact of One Nation on the 1998 election and discusses the conduct of One Nation members in Parliament.

1998 election, Heiner Enquiry, One Nation, Rosa Lee Long

Matt Foley discusses his appointment as Attorney General and Minister for Justice and the Arts in 1998 with emphasis on the immediate priorities for the portfolios. He describes reforms to the stalking laws, the Criminal Code, the Guardianship and Administration Act and de facto law.

Attorney General, Basil Stafford, de facto law reform, Guardianship and Administration Act, Justice, Peter Beattie, Public Advocate, Women's Taskforce on the Criminal Code

Matt Foley talks further about legal reforms to the status of de facto relationships.

de facto law reform, Gordon Nuttall

Matt Foley discusses budget allocation for the Arts portfolio.

Arts, GOMA

Matt Foley discusses his return to the Employment, Training and Youth Affairs portfolio following the 2001 election.

2001 election, Anna Bligh, Employment, Paul Braddy, Training

Matt Foley describes the led up to the Shepherdson Inquiry.

Anna Bligh, Bill Gunn, Criminal Justice Commission, Jim Elder, Peter Beattie, Shepherdson Inquiry

Matt Foley comments on the leadership skills of Peter Beattie.

leadership, Peter Beattie

Matt Foley discusses the appointment of women to the Magistrate’s Court and to the bench.

Executive Council, Magistrates Court, Margaret Wilson, women

Matt Foley comments on future law reforms he believes are required in Queensland.

Indigenous issues, law reform, poker machines, Wayne Goss

Matt Foley comments on his belief that Queensland should have a Bill of Rights and talks about his decision to retire from politics.

republic, Rod Welford

Interview ends