Michael Keenan

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This article is about a federal Liberal politician from Western Australia. For the Labor politician from South Australia, see Michael Keenan (South Australian politician).
The Honourable
Michael Keenan
Michael Keenan.jpg
Minister for Justice
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Jason Clare
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism.
Assumed office
28 May 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Position Created
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Stirling
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded by Jann McFarlane
Majority 10.3 points
Personal details
Born (1972-03-19) 19 March 1972 (age 43)
Perth, Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Other political
Alma mater Murdoch University
Australian National University
University of Cambridge

Michael Fayat Keenan (born 19 March 1972), Australian politician, was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the Division of Stirling, Western Australia for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. Keenan has been the Minister for Justice in the Abbott government since 18 September 2013.[1]

Background and career[edit]

He was educated at Murdoch University, Perth, the Australian National University, and Cambridge University, where he obtained a masters degree in philosophy. He was a property consultant with a real estate firm before entering politics. He had previously worked as an adviser to senator Amanda Vanstone and was deputy director of the Liberal Party of Western Australia.

Following the 2013 federal election, Keenan was appointed Minister for Justice, and was sworn in on 18 September 2013. He retained this role in the ministerial reshuffle which occurred shortly after the Liberal Party leadership spill September 2015 when Malcolm Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as Prime Minister.


  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". smh.com.au. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Jann McFarlane
Member of Parliament for

Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Clare
Minister for Justice