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Tony Abbott

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28th Prime Minister of Australia
Elections: 2013
In office
18 September 2013 – 15 September 2015
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
Peter Cosgrove
Deputy Warren Truss
Preceded by Kevin Rudd
Succeeded by Malcolm Turnbull
Leader of the Liberal Party
In office
1 December 2009 – 14 September 2015
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Malcolm Turnbull
Succeeded by Malcolm Turnbull
Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 December 2009 – 18 September 2013
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Malcolm Turnbull
Succeeded by Chris Bowen
Minister for Health and Ageing
In office
7 October 2003 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Kay Patterson
Succeeded by Nicola Roxon
Leader of the House
In office
26 November 2001 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Peter Reith
Succeeded by Anthony Albanese
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service
In office
26 November 2001 – 7 October 2003
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by David Kemp
Succeeded by Kevin Andrews
Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
In office
21 October 1998 – 7 October 2003
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Peter Reith
Succeeded by Kevin Andrews
10th Chairperson of the Commonwealth of Nations
In office
18 September 2013 – 15 November 2013
Preceded by Kevin Rudd
Succeeded by Mahinda Rajapaksa
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Warringah
In office
26 March 1994 – 18 May 2019
Preceded by Michael MacKellar
Succeeded by Zali Steggall
Majority 27,421 (15.35%)
Personal details
Born
Anthony John Abbott

4 November 1957 (1957-11-04) (age 62)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Other political
affiliations
Coalition
Spouse(s) Margie Aitken (1988–present)
Children 3
Residence Kirribilli House (Sydney)
Australian Federal Police College (Canberra)
Alma mater University of Sydney
Queen's College, Oxford
St Patrick's Seminary, Manly
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Anthony John "Tony" Abbott (born 4 November 1957) is an Australian politician, who was Prime Minister of Australia from September 2013 until September 2015, serving for just under 2 years. He became the leader of the Liberal Party, taking over from Malcolm Turnbull on 1 December 2009, and was in turn succeeded by Turnbull as Liberal leader and Prime Minister on September 15, 2015. He lost his parliament seat in the 2019 election.

Early life

Abbott was born in London, England to an Australian mother; her father was Dutch; her mother was Welsh. Abbott's father was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, moved to Australia during the Second World War and is an unconfirmed naturalized Australian citizen. Abbott was raised in Sydney, Australia and is a Roman Catholic. He studied economics and law at Sydney University, and then did a Master of Arts in politics and philosophy at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. When he came back to Australia he entered St. Patricks Seminary in Manly where he began training as a priest. He did not complete his priest training and in 1990 he started work as a journalist writing for the Bulletin magazine and the Australian newspaper From 1990-1993 Abbott worked as press secretary and an advisor to Dr. John Hewson, who was the Leader of the Opposition. He then worked as the executive director of Australians for a Constitutional Monarchy. He was elected to the Federal Parliament for the Division of Warringah in a by-election in 1994 after Michael McKellar resigned.

Politics

in 1998, Prime Minister John Howard made Abbott the Minister for Employment Services and in 2001 was promoted to Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business. In 2003 Abbott was the Minister for Health and Ageing, and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Federal Parliament. After the defeat of the Howard Government in 2007 he was Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. He resigned on the 26 November 2009 in protest against Liberal Party policy on climate change. He then defeated the leader Malcolm Turnbull by only one vote in a Liberal Party leadership election on 1 December, 2009.

Opposition leader

Abbott led the party to the 2010 Federal Election. Following the narrow victory of the Australian Labor Party, Abbott was re-elected leader of the Liberal Party and remained Leader of the Opposition.

Prime Minister

At the 2013 federal election on 7 September, Abbott led the Coalition to victory and became Prime Minister on 18 September 2013. Abbott is no longer prime minister of Australia and has been succeeded by Malcolm Turnbull. In September 2017 Abbott declared that government should end all the subsidies for renewable energy, coal.

Beliefs

Abbott has always held strong conservative and religious views and has not been afraid to speak out on controversial issues. Combined with his earlier training as a priest this has led to his being given the nickname of the "Mad Monk".

Personal life

Abbott is a very keen sportsman, and regularly takes part in competitions. He is currently in training for the 2014 Port Macquarie Ironman contest. This is a race with a 3.9 km swim, 180 km bicycle ride, and finishing with a 42.2 km run. Abbott is married with three daughters.

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