David Johnston (politician)
|Senator The Honourable
|Minister for Defence|
18 September 2013
|Prime Minister||Tony Abbott|
|Preceded by||Stephen Smith|
|Senator for Western Australia|
1 July 2002
14 February 1956 |
|Political party||Liberal Party|
|Alma mater||University of Western Australia|
David Albert Lloyd Johnston (born 14 February 1956) is an Australian politician who has been a Liberal Party member of the Australian Senate since July 2002, representing the state of Western Australia. Johnston has been the Minister for Defence since 18 September 2013.
Background and career
Johnston was born in Perth and was educated at University of Western Australia, where he graduated in law. He was a barrister in Kalgoorlie before entering politics, representing companies such as Gold Mines of Kalgoorlie LTD and North Kalgurli Mines LTD. He unsuccessfully contested the House of Representatives at the 1987 federal election, polling 37.3% of first preferences to finish second behind the then Labor incumbent Graeme Campbell in the Division of Kalgoorlie.
On 6 March 2006, Johnston was made Minister for Justice and Customs (effective 9 March), following the resignation of Senator Ian Campbell from the Human Services portfolio and Campbell's replacement by former Justice minister Chris Ellison.
Malcolm Turnbull, on becoming Leader of the Opposition, promoted Johnston to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Defence. In September 2010 he was re-appointed to that role by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, after the 2010 election.
Following the 2013 federal election, Johnston was sworn in as Minister for Defence, effective 18 September 2013.
- "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". smh.com.au. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- "Results by Electoral Division - House of Representatives - Western Australia (1987)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
- New minister has shares in Burke-linked firms, The Age, 6 March 2007.
- Senator David Johnston, Senate of Australia homepage
|Parliament of Australia|
|Australian Senator for
|Minister for Justice and Customs
as Minister for Home Affairs
|Minister for Defence