I first met Matthew in the late 1990’s when he joined Australand in Perth, as General Manager of Australand Holdings, Western Australia. Matthew always demonstated excellent leadership characteristics, high integrity and gained an excellent reputation within the land development and housing industries. Following Matthew’s departure from Perth to advance his career, I subsequently lost contact with him, however I have followed his career with interest and noted his obvious character and skills provided him the opportunity to pursue his professional career aspirations. This eventually leading him to a senior position within Nakheel Corporation in Dubai. Upon learning of Matthew’s plight and following his story with interest, I have and will continue to lobby media and Government to ensure that Matthew’s situation is treated with urgency and that he has the best possible opportunity to return home as soon as possible.