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Steve Irons

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Swan
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded byKim Wilkie
Assistant Minister for Vocational 
 Education and Skills
In office
29 May 2019 – 22 December 2020
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byKaren Andrews
Succeeded byOffice abolished
Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister
In office
28 August 2018 – 29 May 2019
Prime MinisterScott Morrison
Preceded byJames McGrath
Succeeded byBen Morton
Personal details
Stephen James Irons

(1958-09-01) 1 September 1958 (age 63)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
Cheryle Irons
(m. 2011)
ChildrenJarrad Irons

Stephen James Irons (born 1 September 1958) is an Australian politician.[1] He is the Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the electoral Division of Swan in Western Australia since the 2007 federal election. Irons was a former ward of the state. He will retire at the next Australian federal election.

Early life

Irons was raised in the Melbourne suburb of Box Hill North. Irons was the sixth of ten children in the Dix family; and when he was six months old he was placed into an orphanage in Camberwell. Irons was fostered at age three by the Irons family who had recently migrated from South Africa. Irons' foster father was a church minister in South Africa and a social worker within mostly State and Local Council organisations in Victoria, and his foster mother worked as a social worker within medical institutions and Charity organisations in Melbourne. Irons grew up with his foster family until moving to Perth. Irons completed an apprenticeship as an electrician after completing his high school education in Melbourne.

Irons moved to Perth in 1981 to play Australian Rules Football for East Perth in the West Australian Football League. He began working at an air conditioning company located in Lord St East Perth, while playing for East Perth. In 1996, he became the owner of the company.

Parliamentary career

Irons was the only Liberal in Australia to defeat a sitting Labor MP at the 2007 election, defeating Kim Wilkie by a margin of 0.19 percent on a two-party-preferred basis.[2]

Since his election in 2007, Irons has sat on a large number of Parliamentary Committees[3] and was a member of the Speaker's panel from 2015 until 2018.

Following the election of Scott Morrison as Liberal Leader and thus Prime Minister of Australia, Irons was elevated to the Ministry as Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister in August 2018.

While campaigning for the 2019 election, Irons was approached outside his electorate office and asked how many times he voted to cut penalty rates. Irons confronted the Unionists, who had allegedly sworn at his wife, saying that with regards to a bill that was introduced to Parliament for mandatory sentencing of convicted sex offenders that unlike the Labor party he did not vote for "paedophiles, sex offenders and rapists." against the bill.[4]

Following the 2019 election, Irons was sworn in as the assistant minister for vocational education, training and apprenticeships.[5]

Irons pulled out of the preselection process for the seat of Swan prior to the next Australian federal election. Sky News commentator Kristy McSweeney was endorsed as the Liberal party candidate for his seat, unopposed. The move by the Liberal party to not restart the preselection process when Irons pulled out was criticised by other preselection hopefuls, who would have ran for preselection had Irons pulled out earlier.[6]


In his maiden speech to Parliament, Irons noted that he wanted a national focus on the forgotten Australians and former child migrants, and on forced adoption.[7] He worked with both sides of the house in the national apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants on 16 November 2009,[8][better source needed] and on the National Apology for forced adoptions.[9][better source needed] Irons was among the first to call for a royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse.[10] In 2018 Irons called for the introduction of the death penalty for paedophiles and "people who continually abuse children".[11]

Personal life

His son Jarrad Irons played Australian rules football for Port Adelaide in the Australian Football League.

On 21 October 2011, Irons married Cheryle Street, then a Melbourne-based real estate agent.[12]

In October 2015, Irons pleaded guilty to a case of driving with a blood alcohol reading of 0.069. He was served with a good behaviour order.[13]

In December 2015, Irons billed the taxpayers for him to attend an amateur golf tournament at the Gold Coast even though his electorate is in Western Australia. His wife also attended the tournament, which was also billed to the taxpayer to the value of around $4000. Irons denied any wrongdoing.[14]

In 2016, 5 years after the event, the media revealed that Irons charged his wedding flight to the taxpayers in 2011. Irons paid the charge back in early 2013.[15][16]

See also


  1. ^ Steve Irons: Parliament of Australia website Archived 23 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Division of Swan, WA". House of Representatives. Australian Electoral Commission. 12 December 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Mr Steve Irons MP". Senators and Members. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Liberal MP Irons snaps at Perth heckler". SBS News. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  5. ^ Crowe, David (26 May 2019). "Scott Morrison's reshuffled ministry is deliberately humdrum". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  6. ^ Zimmerman, Josh (30 September 2021). "Kristy McSweeney: Sky News commentator endorsed as Liberal candidate in Swan". The West Australian. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  7. ^ Irons, Steve (11 March 2008). First speech (Speech). GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S SPEECH : Address-in-Reply. Australian House of Representatives, Canberra: Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Forgotten Australians: Apology". Retrieved 2 February 2018.[better source needed]
  9. ^ "National Apology for Forced Adoptions". Attorney-General's Department. Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2018.[better source needed]
  10. ^ Irons, Steve (17 July 2014). Forgotten Australians (Speech). Constituency Statements. Australian House of Representatives, Canberra: Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  11. ^ Hondros, Nathan (14 June 2018). "'It's abhorrent': MP Steve Irons calls for death penalty for paedophiles". WA Today. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  12. ^ Scanlan, Shane. "Wow Cheryle | Docklands News". Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Federal MP Steve Irons pleads guilty to drink-driving". 16 October 2015.
  14. ^ McIlroy, Tom (2 December 2016). "WA Liberal Steve Irons charged taxpayers for wife's travel for Queensland golf tournament". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  15. ^ McIlroy, Tom (26 September 2016). "WA Liberal MP Steve Irons used taxpayer funds to attend his own wedding in Melbourne". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 26 September 2016.
  16. ^ Butterly, Nick (26 September 2016). "WA Liberal MP Steve Irons put wedding flight on expenses". The West Australian. Archived from the original on 26 September 2016.

External links

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Kim Wilkie
Member for Swan
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