40under40 2003: Matt Birney

Matt Birney, 33, is the youngest shadow minister in any State or Federal parliament in mainland Australia. He is also the operator of a successful regional business, Goldfields Auto Spares. As a co-founder of Goldfields Auto Spares, which began in 1992, Mr Birney is a big believer in servicing the regions. Goldfields Auto Spares has become a multi-million dollar operation. Mr Birney is the State Member for Kalgoorlie, becoming the first Liberal in history to win the seat. Within 10 months Mr Birney was promoted to the front bench as the Shadow Minister for Police.

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