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Members’ biographical register

Hon Matthew (Matt) Francis Benson-Lidholm

Date: 5 March 1952
Place: Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Son of Gerald Oscar Benson-Lidholm, technical engineer, Australian Defence Forces, and Kathleen Elizabeth Power, dressmaker and domestic duties
Marriage and Family
Married 22 January 1977 to Janet Margaret Garvey, daughter of Francis and Ethel Garvey
Trinity College
Curtin University, Bachelor of Arts 1973
Edith Cowan University, Diploma of Education 1974
Teacher and consultant
Employment History
Teacher Morley Senior High School 1975–1979 and 1984–1987
Educational course writer
Tutor for The Isolated Students’ Matriculation Scheme 1980–1983
Teacher and administrator Mt Barker Senior High School 1988–2005
Distance Education Consultant 1980–1983
Education Consultant (Curriculum) 2004
Teacher and administrator Department of Education and Training, WA 1988–2004
Date Elected
26 February 2005
Inaugural Speech

Inaugural Video
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Year Retired/Resigned
Agricultural; South West
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC South West Region 26 February 2005–22 May 2009. Elected to the Thirty-seventh Parliament for South West Region on 26 February 2005 (for term commencing 22 May 2005).
  • MLC Agricultural Region 22 May 2009–21 May 2013. Re-elected 6 September 2008 for term commencing 22 May 2009, for the Agricultural Region. Defeated 9 March 2013 (term concluded 21 May 2013).

  • Deputy Chairman of Committees 11 November 2008–22 May 2009
  • Deputy President and Chairman of Committees 22 May 2009–21 May 2013
  • Member Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs 26 May 2005–17 August 2005
  • Member Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and General Purposes 26 May 2005–17 August 2005
  • Member Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review 17 August 2005–11 November 2008
  • Member Standing Committee on Public Administration 17 August 2005–4 June 2009
  • Member Standing Committee on Legislation 11 November 2008–4 June 2009
  • Member Joint Standing Committee on the Review of the Racing and Gaming Western Australian Acts 24 September 2009–21 November 2010
  • Member Parliamentary Services Committee 4 June 2009–14 December 2012
  • Member Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission 4 June 2009–14 December 2012
  • Member Standing Committee on Procedure and Privileges 4 June 2009–21 May 2013
Chairman of the Rural and Remote Education Advisory Council 1994, 2006–2008
Member of the Carine Association since 1984
Greater Southern Regional Marketing Association
Patron Albany Historical Society and the Stirling District of the WA Scouting Association
Founding Member Mt Barker Local Area Education Planning Committee
Former member Albany Education District Aboriginal School-based Traineeship Steering Committee
Chairman Fish Resources Management Act 1994 review 2006–2007
Albany Denmark Scouting Province
Inaugural President of Albany Friends of the RSPCA
National President of Rhodesian Ridgeback Council Australia 1992-1995, Inaugural President of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Club WA 1986-91
Member Albany Chamber of Commerce
Member Returned Services League Albany sub-branch
BA; Dip Ed
D Black and G Bolton, eds. Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia, Vol. 2, 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, 2010, p. 15.
Parliament of Western Australia website. Accessed 4 May 2015.,+Matthew+(Matt)+Francis?opendocument
Who’s Who in Australia, 46th ed. Melbourne, Crown Content, 2010.
Further Information
Benson-Lidholm, Inaugural Speech.pdfBenson-Lidholm, Inaugural Speech.pdf