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The Hon David Johnston

ASPI Council member

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David Johnston was appointed to the ASPI Council in April 2017.

Born and educated in Perth in Western Australia, David graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1981 with law degrees.

David was in the Australian Parliament as a Senator for Western Australia for 15 years.

Prior to that he was a Barrister and Solicitor in Western Australia practicing in the areas of Mining and Crime and lived and worked on the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia for 12 years before returning to Perth to continue in the Law.

In Parliament David was chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee, was appointed by Prime Minister Howard as Minister for Justice and Customs in 2007, was Opposition spokesperson on Defence from 2009 to 2013 and Minister for Defence 2013 and 2014.

David has a strong commitment to Australian Defence Industry and the current Australian Government’s budgetry support for naval ship and submarine building.

David is currently sitting on several Boards both defence and mining related.