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PORTER, the Hon. Charles Christian (Christian)Biography for PORTER, the Hon. Charles Christian (Christian)

Member for Pearce (WA)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Murdoch, 2008.

Federal: Elected to the House of Representatives for Pearce, Western Australia, 2013. Re-elected 2016 and 2019. Retired prior to general elections 2022.

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 18.11.2013 to 9.2.2015.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister from 23.12.2014 to 21.9.2015.

Minister for Social Services from 21.9.2015 to 20.12.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 21.9.2015 to 19.9.2021.

Attorney-General from 20.12.2017 to 30.3.2021.

Minister for Industrial Relations from 29.5.2019 to 30.3.2021.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology from 30.3.2021 to 19.9.2021.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Privileges and Members' Interests served from 4.12.2013 to 11.2.2015; Social Policy and Legal Affairs served from 4.12.2013 to 25.9.2014

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples served from 4.12.2013 to 11.2.2015; Australia Fund Establishment served from 25.9.2014 to 25.6.2015

Joint Statutory: Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity served from 4.12.2013 to 12.2.2015

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the House from 29.5.2019 to 30.3.2021.


Born 11.7.1970, Perth, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

MSc (London School of Economics and Political Science).

BEc (University of Western Australia).

BA(Hons) (University of Western Australia).

LLB (University of Western Australia).

Lawyer from 1996 to 1999.

Senior Prosecutor from 2002 to 2008.

Lecturer at the University of Western Australia from 2006 to 2008.

State/Territory Government Service

Elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Murdoch, 2008.

Shadow Attorney-General from 12.3.2008 to 7.7.2008.

Elected to the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Bateman, 2008. Resigned 9.3.2013.

Attorney-General from 23.9.2008 to 12.6.2012.

Minister for Corrective Services from 23.9.2008 to 14.12.2010.

Treasurer from 14.12.2010 to 12.6.2012.


Name: Pearce

Location: Pearce contains all of the Shires of Beverly, Chittering, Gingin, Northam, Toodyay and York and parts of the Cities of Swan and Wanneroo. The Division includes the suburbs of Aveley, Banksia Grove, Baskerville, Brabham, Brigadoon, Bullsbrook, Carramar, Clarkson, Dayton, Ellenbrook, Henley Brook, Herne Hill, Lexia, Mariginiup, Melaleuca, Middle Swan (part), Mindarie, Morangup, Neerabup, Red Hill (part), Tamala Park, West Swan and Wundowie.

Area: 13,250 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 119,583 (at 11.6.2019)

Industries: Industries include fishing, tourism, agriculture, hospitality, retail, commercial and education. Pearce Air Base located in Bullsbrook.