The Hon Christian Porter MP was sworn in as the Minister for Social Services on Monday 21 September 2015, by the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
Prior to this position he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with a primary focus on the continuation of the Government’s red tape cutting agenda and the cyber security strategy.
Mr Porter was born and raised in Western Australia and lives in Yanchep, in the northern part of the Pearce electorate, with his wife Jennifer and son Lachlan.
Prior to winning the seat of Pearce at the 2013 Federal Election, Mr Porter served as a Minister in the State Government, variously holding portfolios of Attorney General, Minister for Corrective Services and Treasurer of Western Australia.
As Attorney General, Mr Porter managed a legislative agenda that decreased reported crime by 10 per cent in the State Government’s first year in office. As Treasurer, he delivered successive budget surpluses in Australia’s fasted growing economy and budgeted for the provision of $600million to revitalise the Western Australian not-for-profit sector. He was also responsible for the largest infrastructure program in WA’s history and was the architect of the $1billion WA Future Fund.
Mr Porter holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Master of Science (Political Theory) from the London School of Economics.
Prior to politics, Mr Porter worked as a lawyer in both the commercial and government settings; beginning his career at Clayton Utz and then later working as a Senior State Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions WA, where he prosecuted criminal trials for the State.
Mr Porter has also lectured at Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia in law, public policy and economics. Immediately before entering Federal Parliament, he was the Professor of Law at Curtin University.