Porter looks set to win

Christian Porter and Jennifer Negus.
Christian Porter and Jennifer Negus.

Mr Porter already has a dog but a lifestyle of travelling to Canberra for 23 weeks of the year means a border collie is out of the question for now.

A love of the beach means he and his wife Jennifer jog in the mornings all year round and swim in summer at their new home in Yanchep.

They have a six-year-old pomeranian called Klein (German for tiny), who also loves the beach lifestyle.

Why a pomeranian?

‘We wanted to get a dog but were living in a tiny flat in Perth and a pomeranian was the only dog that fitted our house at the time. Now we have the smallest dog and the biggest back yard,’ Mr Porter said.

Mr Porter is campaigning throughout Pearce in his ute.

‘I went to Liberal headquarters and they saw my car and asked me if I had a dog,’ he said.

‘I said ‘Yes, I’ll bring him in’. When I turned up with the dog, they were like, ‘Lose the dog, lose the dog’.’

The electorate covers a large coastal strip of land from Quinns Rock to Gingin, in the east to Piesse Brook and Mundaring, outer Midland, the Swan Valley, Beverley and York.

‘It’s 14,000sq km which is a very large demographic that includes orchardists, grape growers, artisans, artists, sheep and wheat farmers, cray fishermen, other agriculture and market gardeners,’ he said.

‘It is incredibly diverse and so interesting.’

Mr Porter said he grew up in an argumentative family in Wembley Downs, where everybody watched the news on all channels and argued about the slant.

‘Debates, views, arguments and politics were our normal environment, which is probably why I studied law,’ he said.