The Hon Michael Keenan MP
The Hon Michael Keenan MP is the Minister for Justice.
Mr Keenan was elected to the House of Representatives for Stirling, Western Australia in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
During this time he has served as Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Superannuation and Corporate Governance, Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, which he held from late 2009. Having held the position of Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection for four years, Mr Keenan has a detailed understanding of the portfolio and clear objectives and direction for the agencies now in his charge.
Mr Keenan has 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. As well as this, he has 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.
Before entering Parliament, Mr Keenan was the ministerial adviser to the ACT Deputy Chief Minister between 1996 and 1998. He held various positions with the Judge Institute of Management, Cambridge University and the London Daily Telegraph from 1998 to 1999, and was the ministerial adviser to the Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone from 2001 to 2003.
Mr Keenan was educated at Murdoch University, the Australian National University and Cambridge University. He holds degrees in History and Politics and a Masters in Philosophy in International Relations.
Prior to entering politics, Mr Keenan worked extensively at his family’s property firm and has worked at many and varied jobs since he was fourteen, from delivering milk to flipping burgers to bartending.