Biography

Peter Dutton is the Member for Dickson and Minister for Home Affairs.

Mr Dutton was sworn-in as Minister for Home Affairs in August 2018. The Department of Home Affairs has responsibility for national security, federal law enforcement, border protection, emergency management, cyber security and critical infrastructure.

Previously, Mr Dutton served as the inaugural Home Affairs Minister from December 2017 and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection from December 2014 until August 2018 overseeing Operation Sovereign Borders – stopping the boats, getting every child out of detention, closing the Manus Regional Processing Centre and overseeing the special intake of 12,000 refugees from the Syria and Iraq conflicts.

Prior to that appointment he was Minister for Health and Minister for Sport from September 2013 establishing the $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund.

Mr Dutton is married to Kirilly and is the proud father of Rebecca, Harry and Tom.

First elected to the Australian Parliament as the Member for Dickson in November 2001 at age 30, Mr Dutton became one of the youngest Ministers since Federation when appointed to the Ministry by Prime Minister John Howard in 2004.

In January 2006, Mr Dutton was promoted to Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer and worked closely with Australia’s longest serving Treasurer Peter Costello.

Whilst in Opposition between 2008 and 2013 Mr Dutton served as Shadow Minister for Finance, Competition Policy and Deregulation and Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing.

Before his election to Parliament, Mr Dutton was a successful small businessman and employed a staff of 40.

Mr Dutton also served as a Queensland Police Officer for a decade and worked in the National Crime Authority and Drug and Sex Offenders’ Squads.

From Peter

My message to those who have lost loved ones during this terrible COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug 13

Last night, I joined leaders and ministers from over 30 countries in a virtual conference to discuss what support can be given to Beirut and the Lebanese people following the explosion disaster last week. As part of a broader global response Australia lifted our commitment $5 million to support relief efforts in Lebanon. This will be delivered through longstanding international partners including the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the Red Cross. It’s to help ensure food, medical care and essential items are provided to those affected by this tragedy. Australia is home to a large Lebanese community, with more than 230,000 Australians having Lebanese heritage. Our hearts go out to them, the people of Lebanon and all those affected by this disaster. Thank you to President Macron and the UN Secretary-General for hosting the conference. I’ve joined with them and others calling for a full, impartial and credible investigation into the explosion.

Aug 11

The Australian Government is providing an additional $2.6 million to assist Victorians with severe mental illness. Read more: https://lbr.al/xg08

Aug 10

#LIVE: Press conference from Parliament House, Canberra

Aug 10