Double celebration for new Federal Social Services Minister Christian Porter

Pearce MHR Christian Porter and Governor General Peter Cosgrove.
Pearce MHR Christian Porter and Governor General Peter Cosgrove.

IT was a big week for Pearce MHR Christian Porter, who was sworn in to his first federal ministerial position on Monday and welcomed his first child on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull named the MP, who lives in Yanchep, Social Services Minister in his first cabinet after taking over from Tony Abbott.

After the September 21 swearing-in ceremony in Canberra, Mr Porter flew back to Perth where wife Jennifer gave birth to Lachlan Henley, weighing 2.6kg and measuring 46cm, at Joondalup Health Campus on September 22.

Mr Porter said it was a privilege to be sworn in and join WA colleagues in the Cabinet, including Stirling MHR Michael Keenan, Senator Mathias Cormann, Curtin MHR Julie Bishop, Senator Michaelia Cash and new Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt.

“Social services is a portfolio that touches upon all Australians at some point,” he said.

“I look forward to helping ensure the sustainability of Australia’s welfare and care systems to improve the social and economic outcomes of all Australians, and provide support to those that are most in need.”

The former WA Treasurer left State politics to pursue a federal position and won the Pearce seat in September 2013. He became Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister last December.