Porter, Christian

Christian Porter

Commonwealth Attorney-General

An Australian politician and lawyer who is the current Attorney-General of the Turnbull Government, in office since 20 December 2017. He was elected as the Liberal Party member for the federal Division of Pearce in the 2013 federal election. From Perth, Porter attended Hale School, the University of Western Australia and later the London School of Economics, and practised law at Clayton Utz and taught law at the University of Western Australia before his election to parliament. Before his election to the federal parliament, Porter had served in the Parliament of Western Australia. He first entered the Legislative Assembly after winning the seat of Murdoch in a 2008 by-election following the death of the sitting member, Trevor Sprigg, and he was subsequently elected to the new seat of Bateman at the 2008 general election. After the Liberals formed government, Porter was appointed Attorney-General in the Barnett ministry. In December 2010, he was also appointed Treasurer, and held both portfolios until June 2012, when he resigned from the ministry to contest the 2013 federal election. Prior to assuming his current position, Porter was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister in the Abbott Government from December 2014 to September 2015 and then Minister for Social Services in the Turnbull Government from September 2015 to December 2017.