Christian was born and raised in Western Australia and calls yanchep home with his wife Jennifer and son Lachlan.
On Wednesday 20 December 2017, Christian was sworn in as the Attorney-General by the Governor General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), after serving as Minister for Social Services since September 2015.
As Minister for Social Services Christian was successful in rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme and achieving the lowest amounts of welfare dependency in working age Australians since the 1980’s. Christian’s focus in this area of the social services portfolio was to address the expanding welfare system and help people live fulfilling lives by gaining sustainable employment and breaking from the cycle of intergenerational welfare dependency. Prior to this position he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister with a primary focus on the continuation of the Government’s red tape cutting agenda and the cyber security strategy.
Christian previously served as a Minister in the Western Australian State Government, variously holding the portfolios of Attorney General, Minister for Corrective Services and Treasurer.
As WA Attorney General, Christian managed a legislative agenda that decreased reported crime by 10 per cent in the Government’s first year in office. As Treasurer, Christian delivered successive budget surpluses and budgeted for the provision of $600 million to revitalise the Western Australian not-for-profit sector, while also reducing recurrent expenditure growth by more than 6 per cent.
Christian was born and raised in Western Australia and lives in Yanchep, in the northern part of the Pearce electorate, with his wife Jennifer, son Lachlan and daughter Florence.
Christian holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia, as well as a Master of Science (Political Theory) from the London School of Economics.
Prior to politics, Christian worked as a lawyer in both the commercial and government settings; beginning his career at Clayton Utz and then later working as a Senior State Prosecutor for the Director of Public Prosecutions WA, where he prosecuted criminal trials for the State. He has also lectured at the University of Western Australia in law, public policy and economics and, immediately before entering Federal Parliament, Christian was a Professor of Law at Curtin University.