Former Senator the Hon David Johnston

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Former Senator

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
Senate

Biography

Parliamentary service
  • Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2001. Re-elected 2007 and 2014. Defeated at general elections 2016.
Ministerial appointments
  • Minister for Justice and Customs from 9.3.2007 to 3.12.2007.
  • Minister for Defence from 18.9.2013 to 23.12.2014.
  • Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 23.12.2014.
Committee service
  • Senate Standing: Publications from 1.7.2002 to 23.3.2007; Scrutiny of Bills from 1.7.2002 to 23.3.2007; Privileges from 1.7.2002 to 23.3.2007; Senators' Interests from 13.2.2008 to 11.11.2013; Privileges from 24.6.2009 to 3.2.2010; Privileges from 14.5.2010 to 19.3.2012; Senators' Interests from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016.
  • Senate Select: Ministerial Discretion in Migration Matters from 24.6.2003 to 31.3.2004; Administration of Indigenous Affairs from 17.6.2004 to 8.3.2005; Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities from 20.3.2008 to 24.9.2010; National Broadband Network from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016; Unconventional Gas Mining from 23.2.2016 to 9.5.2016.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Employment, Workplace Relations and Education: Legislation from 1.7.2002 to 11.9.2006; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: References from 1.7.2002 to 11.9.2006; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation from 13.9.2005 to 11.9.2006 (Chair from 14.9.2005 to 11.9.2006); Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 11.9.2006 to 23.3.2007 (Chair from 11.9.2006 to 21.3.2007); Education and Employment: Legislation from 15.6.2015 to 4.2.2016; Community Affairs: Legislation from 4.2.2016 to 23.2.2016; Education and Employment: Legislation from 23.2.2016 to 9.5.2016; Education and Employment: References from 23.2.2016 to 9.5.2016.
  • Joint Statutory: Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Account from 2.12.2002 to 23.3.2006 (Chair from 9.12.2002 to 23.3.2006); Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 15.10.2008 to 12.5.2010; Intelligence and Security from 6.7.2011 to 5.8.2013; Law Enforcement from 10.9.2015 to 4.2.2016; Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 10.9.2015 to 4.2.2016.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 22.8.2002 to 23.3.2007; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 23.9.2008 to 5.8.2013; Treaties from 12.10.2015 to 9.5.2016.
Parliamentary party positions
  • Member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.
  • Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Tourism from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.
  • Shadow Minister for Defence from 22.9.2008 to 18.9.2013.
Party positions
  • Member, UWA Liberal Club 1974-79
  • Member, Liberal Party Kalgoorlie/Boulder Branch 1986-2001
  • President, Liberal Party Kalgoorlie/Boulder Branch 1986-88
  • President, Liberal Party (WA) 1997-2001
  • Member, Liberal Party Mt Pleasant Branch from 2001
Personal
  • Born 14.2.1956, Perth, Australia
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • B.Juris (UWA)
  • Barrister and solicitor