Speaker Profile: Matt Taylor

Name: Matt Taylor
SMPerth Speaker: May 2016
Job Description: State Member for Bateman | Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation
Facebook: facebook.com/MattTaylorMLA
Website: matttaylor.com.au

A few words: Since March 2013 Matt Taylor has represented the electorate of Bateman in the Legislative Assembly of the 39th Parliament of Western Australia. With his strong business background Mr Taylor has focused on growing the local economy in ways that maximise benefits for society and minimise environmental impacts.

WA’s Premier Colin Barnett recently appointed Mr Taylor as Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation, a position he was extremely grateful to receive, stating ‘I am grateful for this exciting opportunity to help broaden our State’s economy, drive investment and create the jobs of the future right here in Western Australia.’

‘Hundreds of conversations with entrepreneurs and innovation leaders over the last year and a half have made me realise what a vibrant and creative innovation ecosystem has evolved in Western Australia during the recent resources boom.’

Alongside his colleague Bill Marmion who was sworn in as Minister for Innovation, Mr Taylor has taken up the challenge of spearheading the WA Government’s renewed focus beyond the immediate opportunities of the mining sector; one that sees innovation as key to positioning WA as a global leader in the digital economy.

‘This is extremely important to me as Western Australia needs to transition towards a digital economy so we can prepare for the jobs of the future, many of which don’t even exist yet.’

Mr Taylor has been working hard with industry leaders to identify opportunities to drive commercialisation, as well as to nurture and develop the creative potential of young entrepreneurs and start-ups who will play a significant role in positioning WA for the future.

After receiving endorsement from the Liberal Party’s State Council, it was announced on 7th May 2016 that Mr Taylor will be the Liberal Party’s candidate for the seat of Bicton at the State Election in March 2017.