Peter Dutton is the Federal Member for Dickson and Leader of the Liberal Party.
Peter began his working life working part time after school in a butchers shop, mowing lawns and throwing newspapers until starting university. He started a small family business which grew to proudly employ 40 Australians.
For nine years, Peter served his community as a Queensland Police Officer. He worked in the National Crime Authority and Drug and Sex Offenders’ Squads, with a focus on protecting women and children.
First elected to the Australian Parliament in November 2001 at age 30, Peter became one of the youngest Ministers since Federation when appointed to the Ministry by Prime Minister John Howard in 2004. In January 2006, he was promoted to become Peter Costello’s Assistant Treasurer.
Following the 2007 election, Peter served as Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation, and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.
In the nine years following the Coalition’s return to Government in 2013, Peter held a number of major portfolios.
He was a member of the National Security Committee of Cabinet for a marathon six years, and also served on the Expenditure Review Committee and leadership teams.
Most recently, Peter served as Minister for Defence. In this role, he delivered record funding and secured the vital equipment our service personnel need to keep our country safe.
Previously, he served as the inaugural Home Affairs Minister in its modern form from December 2017, with responsibility for the Australian Federal Police, Australian Border Force, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre.
Peter has also previously served as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, deporting criminals and overseeing Operation Sovereign Borders, and Minister for Health and Minister for Sport, where he established the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.
Peter is married to Kirilly and is the proud father of Rebecca, Harry and Tom and lives in Dayboro in the Dickson electorate.