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KEENAN, the Hon. Michael FayatBiography for KEENAN, the Hon. Michael Fayat

Member for Stirling (WA)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Stirling, Western Australia, 2004. Re-elected 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Retired prior to general elections 2019.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Justice from 18.9.2013 to 20.12.2017.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter Terrorism from 28.5.2015 to 20.12.2017.

Cabinet Minister from 20.12.2017 to 28.8.2018.

Minister for Human Services from 20.12.2017 to 29.5.2019.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation from 20.12.2017 to 28.8.2018.

Minister for Digital Transformation from 28.8.2018 to 29.5.2019.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 11.3.2008 to 10.11.2008; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Law Enforcement (formerly National Crime Authority from 15.6.1984 to 1.1.2003 and Australian Crime Commission from 1.1.2003 to 24.11.2010) from 3.2.2010 to 5.8.2013.

Joint Standing: Migration from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Treaties from 11.8.2005 to 17.10.2007; National Capital and External Territories from 26.5.2010 to 19.7.2010.

Joint Select: Christmas Island Tragedy from 22.3.2011 to 29.6.2011; Australia's Immigration Detention Network from 21.6.2011 to 30.3.2012.

House of Representatives Standing: Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 9.2.2006 to 17.10.2007; Economics from 11.3.2008 to 25.9.2008; Employment and Workplace Relations from 10.11.2008 to 19.7.2010; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member of the Coalition Backbench Committee on Treasury, Finance and Public Administration.

Member of the Coalition Backbench Committee on Attorney-General, Justice and Customs.

Shadow Assistant Treasurer from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Governance from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs from 8.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Minister for Border Protection from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Deputy Director of the Liberal Party State Branch (WA) from 2000 to 2001.

President of the Liberal Party Mount Lawley Branch from 2003 to 2004.


Born 19.3.1972, Perth, Australia

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BA (Murdoch University and Charles University, Prague).

BA(Hons) (Australian National University).

MPhil (University of Cambridge).

Milk delivery, waiter, bar attendant and salesman from 1986 to 1994.

Real estate salesman from 1993 to 1996.

Ministerial adviser to the Deputy Chief Minister (ACT) from 1996 to 1998.

Various positions at the Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University and the London Daily Telegraph from 1998 to 1999.

Deputy Director of the Liberal Party (WA) from 2000 to 2001.

Adviser to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator the Hon. A Vanstone from 2001 to 2003.

Property consultant at Irving and Keenan Real Estate from 2003 to 2004.


Liberalism and the Australian Federation (chapter, ed. JR Nethercote), Federation Press, Annandale, NSW: 2001.


Name: Stirling

Location: northern Perth; it includes the suburbs of Balcatta, Balga, Carine, Dianella (part), Gwelup, Hamersley, Joondanna, Karrinyup (part), Mirrabooka, Morley (part), Nollamara, North Beach, Osborne park (part), Scarborough (part), Stirling, Trigg, Tuart Hill, Watermans Bay, Westminster and Yokine.

Area: 74 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 98,571 (at 2.7.2016)

Industries: light industrial, retail, commercial, medical, fishing, tourism and recreation.