Treasurer of the Evatt Foundation
Matt McGirr is a solicitor at the law firm Gilbert + Tobin, where he works in the litigation team, dealing primarily in commercial disputes, including arbitrations and mediations, along with investigations and regulatory difficulties.
Matt was born in Lismore and grew up in the Blue Mountains, where he studied at St Columba’s High School, Springwood. After high school, Matt went on to study history and music at the University of Sydney, with a focus on Australian history, citizenship, gender. Matt finished completed his honours year in 2010, having completed a thesis on gender and sexuality within Catholic seminaries in 1950s in Australia.
After completing his history studies, Matt studied law at the University of New South Wales, during which he also took work as a part-time organist, and as the Deputy Head of the Kensington Colleges, a large residential college environment. Matt was responsible, with the Head of College, for the welfare and care for over 220 university students.
Matt became involved in progressive politics principally through his interest in Australian history. However, through his exposure to progressive political thought during his time at university, he joined the ALP and has been involved in various capacities ever since that time. He was elected as an Executive member of the Evatt Foundation in 2015.