Peter Dutton

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The Honourable
Peter Dutton
MP
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 December 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Scott Morrison
Minister for Health
In office
18 September 2013 – 23 December 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Tanya Plibersek
Succeeded by Sussan Ley
Minister for Sport
In office
18 September 2013 – 23 December 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Don Farrell
Succeeded by Sussan Ley
Minister for Workforce Participation
In office
26 October 2004 – 27 January 2006
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Fran Bailey
Succeeded by Sharman Stone
Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer
In office
27 January 2006 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Mal Brough
Succeeded by Chris Bowen
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Dickson
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Cheryl Kernot
Personal details
Born (1970-11-18) 18 November 1970 (age 44)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia (Federal)
Liberal National Party (State)
Alma mater Queensland University of Technology
Website www.peterdutton.com.au

Peter Craig Dutton (born 18 November 1970),[1] Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Dickson, Queensland since the November 2001 federal election when he defeated high-profile sitting Labor member Cheryl Kernot. Dutton was the Minister for Health and the Minister for Sport from 18 September 2013 until 21 December 2014, when he was appointed Minister for Immigration and Border Protection after a cabinet reshuffle.[2]

Early years and background[edit]

Dutton was raised in Brisbane, Queensland, and was educated at the Queensland Police Academy before becoming a Queensland Police officer for nine years, working in the Drug Squad in suburbs such as Red Hill, Brisbane in the early 1990s.[3][4]

On leaving the police in 1999 he became a businessman and completed a Bachelor of Business at the Queensland University of Technology.[5][6]

Political career[edit]

Dutton was elected to the Division of Dickson at the 2001 election, defeating Labor's Cheryl Kernot.

After the 2004 federal election Dutton was appointed to the ministry. He was Minister for Workforce Participation from 2004 to 2006. In January 2006 he was appointed Assistant Treasurer and Minister for Revenue. Dutton successfully retained Dickson in the 2007 federal election with a majority of 0.26%, after an 8.76% swing to his rival Fiona McNamara.

In 2008, when new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations, Dutton was the only coalition front bencher to abstain.[6]

In 2009, a proposal was made under the Commonwealth Electoral Act to alter Dutton's electorate of Dickson. The alteration may have had the effect of making the seat less secure for the Liberal Party. Wary of losing his place in the House of Representatives, Dutton sought endorsement for the safe Liberal seat of McPherson. Despite the support of Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull, the retiring member for McPherson Margaret May, and several other party luminaries including former Prime Minister John Howard,[7] Dutton was defeated by rival candidate Karen Andrews.[8] The final redistribution cemented the erosion of the Liberal Party's position in Dickson, albeit less adversely than originally proposed.[9] With no better option available to him, Dutton opted to recontest Dickson at the next election.[10]

Dutton contested and won Dickson at the 2010 federal election, achieving a swing of 5.45% to easily overcome the 2009 redistribution. This resulted in a two-party-preferred vote of 54.69% as of 23 August 2010. Following the 2010 election, he was appointed as Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

Minister in the Abbott Government[edit]

Dutton retained his seat at the 2013 election, and now sits on a margin of 6.7%. He was appointed to the Ministry by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and served as Minister for Health and Minister for Sport.

Dutton was overwhelmingly ranked as the worst health minister in 35 years according to a poll run by Australian Doctor magazine.[11]

On 23 December 2014, Dutton was sworn in as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection after a cabinet reshuffle.[12]

Nauru spying controversy[edit]

On 5 June 2015 Dutton categorically denied claims made by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young that she was spied on during a visit to Nauru. At the same time he called into question her credibility and track record "when it comes to facts"[13] The spying claims were later confirmed by the Immigration Department and Wilson Security who carried out the spying operation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parliament of Australia (2007), The 41st Parliament: Senators and Members, by Date of Birth. Retrieved on 18 November 2007.
  2. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". smh.com.au. AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "About Peter Dutton". PetterDutton.com.au. 
  4. ^ "Dickson". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  5. ^ "The Hon Peter Dutton MP". Australian Parliament House. 
  6. ^ a b Misha Schubert (7 October 2009). "To some he's the messiah, to others a duplicitous polly". 
  7. ^ Glenn Milne (28 September 2009). "Liberals can't lose Dutton". The Australian. 
  8. ^ "Dutton loses Liberal preselection". Brisbane Times. 3 October 2009. 
  9. ^ "Dutton may fight for Dickson". AAP. 16 October 2009. 
  10. ^ "Dutton to fight for Dickson". ABC. 20 October 2009. 
  11. ^ Medhora, Shalailah (2015-01-12). "Peter Dutton ranked as worst health minister in 35 years in poll of doctors". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  12. ^ "New Abbott ministry sworn in by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Immigration Department confirms Sarah Hanson-Young was spied on". The Age. 10 June 2015. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Cheryl Kernot
Member for Dickson
2001–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Fran Bailey
Minister for Workforce Participation
2004–06
Succeeded by
Sharman Stone
Preceded by
Mal Brough
Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer
2006–07
Succeeded by
Chris Bowen
Preceded by
Tanya Plibersek
as Minister for Health and Medical Research
Minister for Health
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Sussan Ley
Preceded by
Don Farrell
Minister for Sport
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Sussan Ley
Preceded by
Scott Morrison
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
2014–present
Incumbent