Christian Porter

Attorney-General
'Getting the right balance – From religious freedoms to integrity commission and in between'
Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm
Canberra - 16 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600

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Christian Porter makes his first Address as the Attorney-General to the National Press Club.

His portfolio covers Industrial Relations, the Commonwealth Integrity Commission and the review of Family Law act in Australia.

With the Religious Freedom legislation swirling on the horizon – this is one of those “don’t miss events” at the National Press Club.


On 20 December 2017, Christian was sworn in as the Attorney-General by the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). On 29 May 2019 he was also appointed Minister for Industrial Relations and Leader of the House.

Prior to becoming Attorney-General, Christian was Minister for Social Services and 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.

Christian was born and raised in Western Australia and lives in Yanchep, in the northern part of his Pearce electorate, with his wife Jennifer.

Prior to winning the seat of Pearce at the 2013 Federal Election, Christian 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, Christian managed a legislative agenda that decreased reported crime by 10 per cent in the State Government’s first year in office.

As Treasurer, Christian delivered successive budget surpluses in Australia’s fastest growing economy and budgeted for the provision of $600million to revitalise the Western Australian not-for-profit sector. Christian was also responsible for the largest infrastructure program in WA’s history and was the architect of the $1billion WA Future Fund.

Christian 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, Christian 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.

Christian has also lectured at Edith Cowan University and the University of Western Australia in law, public policy and economics. Immediately before entering Federal Parliament, Christian was the Professor of Law at Curtin University.