Matt is a practising barrister and Adjunct Professor of Social Work at the University of Queensland. From 1974-78 he was the social worker at the Aboriginal and Islander Legal Service in Brisbane, then lectured in social work at UQ before going to the Bar. In 1989 he was elected as Member for Yeronga in the Queensland Parliament where he served until 2004. He was Attorney General and Minister for the Arts in both the Goss and Beattie governments. His poetry has been published in anthologies of Queensland poetry, including “Place and Perspective” (Jacaranda Wiley 1983).