Born in 1974 I spent my early childhood and primary school years in the WA Goldfields with mum and dad and my sister Kate. I commenced my education at Laverton Primary School before moving to Kalgoorlie.
My dad, Cedric, was a Commonwealth public servant and when I was in year 5 we moved to Perth. I graduated from Aquinas College in 1991 and studied Arts and Law at the University of Western Australia where I graduated with my law degree in 1997. During my time at University I also undertook my training as an officer in the Australian Army Reserves at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, graduating with my Commission in 1996.
After obtaining my law degree I worked in law firms in both Perth and Sydney. I was always keen to pursue Post-Graduate studies and in 2000 I was the fortunate recipient of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, that allowed me to pursue my Masters (MSc) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
I currently hold the portfolios of Treasurer; Finance; Energy; and Aboriginal Affairs.
I am married to Vivianne and we have two daughters, Matilda and Georgina.