Hon Michael Keenan MP, Member for Stirling (WA)
Michael Keenan was sworn in as Australia’s Justice Minister in the 44th Parliament following the September 2013 election, and was appointed Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism in May 2015.
Michael’s role within the Government is to lead the Commonwealth’s efforts to counter violent extremism and to ensure effective and integrated implementation of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
He is the primary contact for the Prime Minister for both day-to-day counter-terrorism matters and in a terrorism crisis.
As Justice Minister, his role is to lead the Commonwealth’s work to combat serious and organised crime both domestically and abroad, securing cooperation with states and territories as well as international counterparts on criminal matters.
He is also the Minister responsible for emergency management to lead the Commonwealth’s response during times of natural disasters such as fire, storms and floods.
Michael was born and raised in Stirling and at the Federal election on 9 October 2004, Michael was elected as the Member for Stirling with the support of his wife Georgina who together have three young children.
Upon entering Parliament, Michael served on numerous committees including the Joint Select Committee on the Christmas Island Tragedy from March to June 2011 and the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Immigration Detention Network from June 2011 to March 2012.
He also served on the Joint Statutory Committees for the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from February 2010 to July 2010, the Australian Crime Commission Committee from February 2010 to July 2010 and the Law Enforcement Committee from November 2010.
On 6 December 2007, Michael was appointed Shadow Assistant Treasurer and proceeded to hold various Shadow positions including Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Governance, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection.
Michael was educated at Trinity College before completing further tertiary education, including a Bachelor of Arts (History and Politics) – Murdoch University and Charles University, Prague, Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Political Science) – Australian National University, and Master of Philosophy (International Relations) – Cambridge University.
During and after his studies, Michael held a range of employment positions from being a milk delivery person, barman and waiter, salesman, property consultant, Ministerial adviser and Deputy Director of the Liberal Party of Western Australia.
Elected to the House of Representatives for Stirling, Western Australia, 2004
Shadow Assistant Treasurer, 06/12/07 – 22/09/08
Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Governance, 06/12/07 – 22/09/08
Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, 22/09/08 – 08/12/09
Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, 08/12/09 – 18/09/13
Minister for Justice, 18/09/13 – current
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter-Terrorism, 28/5/15 – current
House of Representatives Standing:
Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 1/12/04 – 17/10/07
Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 9/2/06 – 17/10/07
Economics from 11/3/08 – 25/9/08
Employment and Workplace Relations from 10/11/08 – 19/7/10
Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 3/2/10 – 19/7/10
Corporations and Financial Services from 11/3/08 – 10/11/08
Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity from 3/2/10 – 19/7/10
Australian Crime Commission from 3/2/10 – 25/11/10
Law Enforcement from 25/11/10
Migration from 1/12/04 – 17/10/07
Treaties from 11/8/05 – 17/10/07
National Capital and External Territories from 26/5/10 – 19/7/10
Christmas Island Tragedy from 22/3/11 – 29/6/11
Australia’s Immigration Detention Network from 21/6/11
Government Backbench Committees:
Treasury, Finance and Public Administration; and Attorney General Justice and Customs.
Deputy Director, Liberal Party (WA) 2000-01.
President, Liberal Party Mount Lawley Branch 2003-04.
Born 19.3.1972, Perth, WA.
Married to Georgina Keenan
Bachelor of Arts (History and Politics) – Murdoch University and Charles University, Prague
Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Political Science) – Australian National University
Master of Philosophy (International Relations) – Cambridge University
1986 – 1987 Mikes Milk Run, Milk Delivery Person
1987 – 1988 Hungry Jacks, General Duties
1988 – 1990 Hoyts Corporation, General Duties
1990 – 1992 Barman and Waiter, Several Employers in London and Edinburgh
1993 – John Franklyn Real Estate, Salesman
1993 – 1994 Queens Tavern, Barman and General Duties
1996 – 1998 Ministerial Adviser, ACT Deputy Chief Minister
1998 – 1999 Various Positions, Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University and the Daily Telegraph, London
2000 – 2001 Deputy Director, Liberal Party of Western Australia
2001 – 2003 Ministerial Adviser, Minister for Family and Community Services
2003 – 2004 Property Consultant, Irving and Keenan Real Estate
No. 1 Ticket Holder, Balcatta Soccer Club
Vice Patron, Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club
Vice Patron, Trigg Island Surf Life Saving Club Inc
Vice Patron, Surf Life Saving Western Australia Inc
Member, Stirling Business Association
Member, Stirling Coastcare
Founding Member, Lions Club, North Beach Branch
Honorary Member, Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Vice Patron, Subiaco Football Club
Liberalism and the Australian Federation (chapter, ed. JR Nethercote), Annandale, NSW: Federation Press, 2001.
2005 Article, Time to Liberalise International Air Services, The Party Room, Issue 1, Winter 2005