After George Brandis, true to recent form, delivered an equal parts catty and principled valedictory speech last week, we cast our attention to the spectacular rise of his replacement as attorney-general, dynastic golden boy Christian Porter.

A liberal dynasty

Porter comes from a long line of Liberal party figures. His grandfather, Sir Charles Porter was a minister in the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government between 1966 and 1980. And his father Charles "Chilla" Porter was (apart from an Olympic medal-winning high jumper) director of the WA Liberal Party for many years in the 1970s and 1980s -- something Christian used both of his maiden addresses to parliament to bring up: "This [The Liberal Party] is the party which my father served as a state director, and which my grandfather created in Queensland, upon Menzies’ instruction, and which he served as a state director in Queensland and later as a minister of the Crown.”