Attorney-General Christian Porter has confirmed he will stay on as Leader of the House — and will keep good on a pre-election promise of getting a tattoo.
Mr Porter briefly performed the Leader of the House role left vacant by the retiring Christopher Pyne prior to the election. He said he was not concerned about having to juggle the job and a portfolio.
“That was a decision that was made prior to the election so when Christopher Pyne retired I did have a conversation with the PM (who said) I would take that role in the last days (of government), and should we win government again,” he said.
“I think that’s an important and vital role to the functioning of parliament and I’d like to see that role executed in a way that is as collegiate as possible and makes for a parliament that is cooperative and works as well as it can in the interests of the Australian people.”
The Attorney-General was returned in the electorate of Pearce on Saturday with a positive three point swing.
But one election promise Mr Porter is already regretting was a pledge to get a tattoo if he increased his vote.
“It probably wasn’t the most sensible promise I’ve ever made in my life but I did promise my team if I won my seat with an increased majority I’d get a tattoo; it looks like we’ve almost doubled the majority in Pearce which doesn’t mean the tattoo will be twice as big,” he said.
“I’ll get something somewhere and something subtle is all I’ll say at the moment.”
Mr Porter was critical of Labor Premier Mark McGowan’s role in the unsuccessful opposition campaign.
“I have to say that sort of campaigning is unwise and Western Australia’s interest should always come before NSW Labor interests,” Mr Porter said.
“He (Mr McGowan) today is talking about all the serious deficiencies in the Labor policies which two days ago he was standing up campaigning for hip and shoulder next to Bill Shorten.”
Mr Porter chalked up the Coalition win to protecting the “great Australian dream”.
“We pointed out that Bill Shorten was going to tax every critical point of that great Australian dream and people just said enough is enough,” he said.
“They work hard every day, they pay mortgages, they pay a lot of tax, we said you can keep more of the hard earned money that you strive for every day and we offered them policies that allowed them to be what they are in their very hearts which is aspirational.
“We want to govern from the middle, we campaigned for middle Australia and middle Australia has voiced its concerns and its response and that response has been to emphatically re-elect Scott Morrison as Prime Minister.”