David Johnston (politician)

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Senator The Honourable
David Johnston
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Minister for Defence
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Stephen Smith
Senator for Western Australia
Assumed office
1 July 2002
Personal details
Born (1956-02-14) 14 February 1956 (age 58)
Perth, Australia
Political party Liberal Party
Other political
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.[1]

Background and career[edit]

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,[2] representing companies such as Gold Mines of Kalgoorlie LTD and North Kalgurli Mines LTD.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]

Following the 2013 federal election, Johnston was sworn in as Minister for Defence, effective 18 September 2013.


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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Winston Crane
Australian Senator for
Western Australia

Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Ellison
Minister for Justice and Customs
Succeeded by
Bob Debus
as Minister for Home Affairs
Preceded by
Stephen Smith
Minister for Defence