National Housing Conference 2015–Hon Christian Porter MP

Keynote address

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth

28 Oct 2015

The Federal Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter delivered a major keynote address in this plenary session – one of his first on housing and homelessness issues after taking responsibility for the social services portfolio in September 2015.

Christian Porter was appointed Federal Minister for Social Services on 20 September 2015.

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

Prior to winning the Federal seat of Pearce at the 2013 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 Treasurer, Christian delivered successive budget surpluses in Australia’s fastest growing economy and budgeted for the provision of $600 million 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 $1 billion WA Future Fund.

On Tuesday 23 December 2014, Christian was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister of Australia. In his new role Christian will primarily focus on the continuation of the Government’s successful red tape cutting agenda, which has already resulted in $2.1 billion in deregulatory savings.

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.

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.