About Peter Dutton
Peter was elected as the Federal Member for Dickson in Queensland in November 2001 when, at the age of 30 he defeated Cheryl Kernot.
Peter was re-elected with an increased majority in 2004 and appointed Minister for Workforce Participation, with responsibility for the Job Network, Disability Employment Services, Work for the Dole and improving transition to work opportunities for all unemployed Australians.
At the time of his appointment Peter was one of the youngest Minister's since Federation.
In January 2006 Peter was promoted to Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer. He worked closely with Peter Costello in areas including budget preparation, taxation, superannuation, prudential regulation, and competition and consumer policy.
Following his re-election in November 2007, and with the change of Government, Peter was promoted to Shadow Cabinet as Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation.
In September 2008 he was promoted to the position of Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.
On the 18th of September 2013 Peter was sworn in as the Minister for Health and Minister for Sport in the newly elected Abbott Government.
Prior to being elected to Parliament, Peter owned businesses and employed over 40 staff. He started his working life at 12 - delivering newspapers, mowing lawns and working after school as a butcher's boy - a job he continued until starting university. He purchased his first property at 18.
Peter went on to complete a Bachelors degree in Business and was a police officer for 9 years, working in the Sex Offenders Squad, Drug Squad, and the then National Crime Authority. He left the police in 1999 to manage his business interests full time.
Peter's mother grew up at Albany Creek, where the Leitch family was a pioneering family first settling and establishing a dairy farm in the 1860s.
Peter is married to Kirilly and is the proud father of three young children: Rebecca, Harry and Tom.