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Tony Abbott is an Australian politician who served as the 28 Prime Minister of Australia

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BirthdayNovember 4, 1957
NationalityAustralian
FamousFormer Prime Minister of Australia, University Of Sydney, Leaders, Political Leaders, Prime Ministers
SpousesMargie Abbott
SiblingsChristine Forster
Known asAnthony John Abbott, Anthony John
Childrens Bridget Abbott, Frances Abbott, Louise Abbott
Universities
  • University Of Sydney
  • St John's College
  • University of Sydney
  • The Queen's College
  • St Patrick's Seminary
  • Sydney Law School
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Sydney
Birth PlaceLondon, United Kingdom
ReligionCatholicism
Height180cm
GenderMale
FatherRichard Henry Abbott
MotherFay Abbott
Sun SignScorpio
Born inLondon, United Kingdom
Famous asFormer Prime Minister of Australia
Socials

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Who is Tony Abbott?

Tony Abbott is an Australian politician who served as the 28 Prime Minister of Australia and has been a member of parliament for Warringah since 1994. After graduating from Oxford, Abbott worked as a journalist, manager, and political adviser. Abbott was appointed Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy in 1992. After the 1998 elections, he was first appointed to cabinet as a part of the Second Howard Ministry and became the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business. He also served as the Minister for Health and Ageing, and in the Shadow Cabinets of Brendan Nelson and Malcolm Turnbull. In 2009, Abbott resigned from the front bench in order to protest against Turnbull’s support for Rudd Government’s Emissions Trading Scheme. In the same year, he defeated Turnbull and was elected leader of the Liberal Party of India and the Leader of the Opposition. In 2013 elections, Abbott led the Liberal-National Coalition to victory and was named the 28th Prime Minister of Australia on 18th September 2013. He held the chair for two years before Malcolm Turnbull replaced him as the Prime Minister on 14th September 2015.

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Childhood & Early Life

Tony Abbott was born on 4th November 1957 in London, to Fay Abbott (nee Peters) and Richard Henry Abbott. His mother was an Australian and his father was British.

His family migrated to Australia in 1960 and settled in Sydney. Tony Abbott received his early education at primary school at St Aloysius’ College, Sydney and completed his secondary education at St. Ignatius’ College, Sydney for secondary school.

He did his graduation in Bachelor of Economics in 1979, and thereafter did his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1981; both from University of Sydney.

He was a president of the Student Representative Council while he resided at St John’s College. He also attended The Queen’s College, Oxford, from where he completed Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1983. Furthermore, he also completed his Masters of Arts in 1989.

Abbott was in limelight in his university days when he opposed the then dominant left-wing student leadership. A student newspaper editor with different political views than Abbott’s took him to court on charges of indecent assault after he touched her during a debate. The charges were soon dismissed.

When he was at St. Ignatuis College, Abbott was taught and influenced by the Jesuits. He was also a student boxer and earned two Blues for boxing when he was at Oxford.

Pre-Political Career

After completing his studies in Britain, he returned to Australia and decided to become a priest. In 1984, he joined St Patrick's Seminary, Manly but did not complete his studies and left the seminary in 1987.

Following this incident, Abbott returned to Australia from Britain and decided to join priesthood, but soon enough changed his mind.

He worked as a journalist and got involved in national politics. He began to write articles for newspapers and magazines like ‘The Catholic Weekly’ and national publication like ‘The Bulletin’. He also wrote for the newspaper ‘The Australian’.

In 1993, he renounced his British citizenship and hence became eligible for election to Australian federal parliament.

Political Career

In March 1994, Tony Abbott won the Liberal preselection for federal Division of Warringah by-election. In the 1996 general elections, he easily won the seat in his own right.

From 1996 to 1998, he served as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (1996-98). As a parliamentary secretary, it was Abbott’s responsibility to look for establishment of the Green Corps program.

Tony Abbot was promoted to cabinet in 1998 and served as Minister for Employment Services (1998-2001), and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (2001-03). As Minister for Employment Services, he looked after the implementation of the ‘Job Network’ and also for government’s ‘Work for the Dole’ scheme.

From 2003 to 2007, he served as the Minister for Health and Ageing. In 2006, he ran into controversy when he opposed the idea of abortion terming it as a murder. In 2007 elections, he campaigned as Minister for Health.

In 2007, The Liberal-National Coalition lost the elections but Tony Abbott was re-elected to the seat of Warringah. By December 2007, he was assigned the Shadow Portfolio of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. During this period, he also wrote a biography ‘Battlelines’.

In 2009, he resigned from shadow ministerial responsibilities in opposition against the stand taken by the Liberal Party on the Rudd Government's Emissions Trading Scheme.

On December 1, 2009, Tonny Abbot defeated Malcolm Turnbull by 42 votes to 41, to become the leader of the Liberal Party of Australia and the Leader of the Opposition.

In 2010, he announced a new policy to provide paid parental leave. But business groups and government opposed the plan; however, it won support from Australian Greens.

After the 2010 elections, Abbott, and his deputy, Julie Bishop, were re-elected as the leaders of the Liberal Party.

In 2012, Abbott launched his book ‘A Strong Australia’ which was a compilation of nine of his ‘landmark speeches’ from 2012.

In 2013 elections, Tony Abbot led the Liberal/National coalition to victory over the then Labor government, led by Kevin Rudd. Tony Abbot assumed the office of Prime Minister on 18th September 2013. He was criticised for including only one woman in his cabinet.

Immediately after assuming power, he introduced legislation to repeal the Carbon Tax, and implemented policy measures to stop illegal maritime arrivals. He also oversaw free trade agreements signed with Japan, South Korea and China.

In 2014, Abbott presented his first Australian federal budget which was criticised by the opposition as ‘cruel’ and ‘unfair’.

Malcolm Turnbull, the Minister for Communications resigned on 14 September 2015 and challenged the Liberal Party leadership in leadership spill. A party-room meeting was held and Abbott was defeated by Turnbull by 54-44 votes.

In 2016, Tony Abbott was re-elected for Liberal preselection for Division of Warringah. Since then he has criticised the stand of the party on a number of policy issues.

Controversy

Tony Abbott ran into controversy when he appointed former Howard Government minister Bronwyn Bishop as the Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives. Bishop attended Liberal party room meetings despite knowing the Speaker had to be impartial.

In July 2015, the details of her use of taxpayer-funded political entitlements were made public which enclosed her chartering a helicopter flight from Melbourne and Geelong for attending a Liberal party fundraiser. This incident brought her and Abbott in intense media scrutiny.

Abbott was criticised for dragging the controversy as he refused to sack Bishop despite pressure since she was a close friend. On 2nd August 2015, she had to resign despite Prime Minister’s support.

Major Works

When Tony Abbott was the Cabinet Minister, he carried out health care initiatives including the Nurse Family Partnership, a scheme which improved conditions for indigenous youths by improving mother-child relationships. The scheme was proved successful and it reduced child abuse and improved school retention rates.

After getting elected as the Prime Minister, Abbott announced a Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption in 2014. He also made amendments to the Fair Work Act and ‘Repeal Day’ and got more than 10,000 ‘red tape’ regulations repealed.

The Carbon Tax Repeal Bill and the Mining Tax Repeal Bill was passed by both houses of Parliament under Abbott’s leadership.

Awards & Achievements

On January 1 2001, Tony Abbott was honoured with the Centenary Medal for his service as the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.

On 8 March 2015, he received Rural Fire Service Long Service Medal for his ten years of long service.

Personal Life & Legacy

Tony Abbott married Margaret ‘Margie’ Aitken, a New Zealander who was working in Sydney, in 1982. The couple has three daughters: Louise (born 1989), Bridget (born 1991) and Frances (born 1993).

Trivia

When Tony Abbott was 22, her then-girlfriend claimed that she was pregnant with his child. Tony and his girlfriend did not marry and put the child up for adoption. For 27 years, Abbot believed that he was the father of the child but later it was revealed through DNA tests that Abbot was not the biological father of the child.

Tony Abbott served as the Prime Minister for only 1 year and 362 days and became tenth shortest Prime Minister in the Australian history.

He is a volunteer member for the Davidson, NSW Rural Fire Service, and Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club.

Abbott spent three weeks teaching in Aboriginal settlement in Coen on Cape York in 2008.

He has published four books, ‘The Minimal Monarchy: and why it still makes sense for Australia’ (1995), ‘How to Win the Constitutional War: and give both sides what they want’ (1997), ‘Battlelines’ (2009), ‘A Strong Australia’ (2012).

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Centenary Medal

Tony Abbott biography timelines

  • // 4th Nov 1957
    Tony Abbott was born on 4th November 1957 in London, to Fay Abbott (nee Peters) and Richard Henry Abbott. His mother was an Australian and his father was British.
  • // 1960
    His family migrated to Australia in 1960 and settled in Sydney. Tony Abbott received his early education at primary school at St Aloysius’ College, Sydney and completed his secondary education at St. Ignatius’ College, Sydney for secondary school.
  • // 1979
    He did his graduation in Bachelor of Economics in 1979, and thereafter did his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1981; both from University of Sydney.
  • // 1982
    Tony Abbott married Margaret ‘Margie’ Aitken, a New Zealander who was working in Sydney, in 1982. The couple has three daughters: Louise (born 1989), Bridget (born 1991) and Frances (born 1993).
  • // 1983
    He was a president of the Student Representative Council while he resided at St John’s College. He also attended The Queen’s College, Oxford, from where he completed Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in 1983. Furthermore, he also completed his Masters of Arts in 1989.
  • // 1987
    After completing his studies in Britain, he returned to Australia and decided to become a priest. In 1984, he joined St Patrick's Seminary, Manly but did not complete his studies and left the seminary in 1987.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he renounced his British citizenship and hence became eligible for election to Australian federal parliament.
  • // 1994
    In March 1994, Tony Abbott won the Liberal preselection for federal Division of Warringah by-election. In the 1996 general elections, he easily won the seat in his own right.
  • // 1996
    From 1996 to 1998, he served as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (1996-98). As a parliamentary secretary, it was Abbott’s responsibility to look for establishment of the Green Corps program.
  • // 2001
    On January 1 2001, Tony Abbott was honoured with the Centenary Medal for his service as the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.
  • // 2003
    From 2003 to 2007, he served as the Minister for Health and Ageing. In 2006, he ran into controversy when he opposed the idea of abortion terming it as a murder. In 2007 elections, he campaigned as Minister for Health.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, The Liberal-National Coalition lost the elections but Tony Abbott was re-elected to the seat of Warringah. By December 2007, he was assigned the Shadow Portfolio of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. During this period, he also wrote a biography ‘Battlelines’.
  • // 2008
    Abbott spent three weeks teaching in Aboriginal settlement in Coen on Cape York in 2008.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he resigned from shadow ministerial responsibilities in opposition against the stand taken by the Liberal Party on the Rudd Government's Emissions Trading Scheme.
  • // 2009
    On December 1, 2009, Tonny Abbot defeated Malcolm Turnbull by 42 votes to 41, to become the leader of the Liberal Party of Australia and the Leader of the Opposition.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, he announced a new policy to provide paid parental leave. But business groups and government opposed the plan; however, it won support from Australian Greens.
  • // 2010
    After the 2010 elections, Abbott, and his deputy, Julie Bishop, were re-elected as the leaders of the Liberal Party.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, Abbott launched his book ‘A Strong Australia’ which was a compilation of nine of his ‘landmark speeches’ from 2012.
  • // 2013
    In 2013 elections, Tony Abbot led the Liberal/National coalition to victory over the then Labor government, led by Kevin Rudd. Tony Abbot assumed the office of Prime Minister on 18th September 2013. He was criticised for including only one woman in his cabinet.
  • // 2014
    In 2014, Abbott presented his first Australian federal budget which was criticised by the opposition as ‘cruel’ and ‘unfair’.
  • // 2014
    After getting elected as the Prime Minister, Abbott announced a Royal Commission into trade union governance and corruption in 2014. He also made amendments to the Fair Work Act and ‘Repeal Day’ and got more than 10,000 ‘red tape’ regulations repealed.
  • // 2015
    In July 2015, the details of her use of taxpayer-funded political entitlements were made public which enclosed her chartering a helicopter flight from Melbourne and Geelong for attending a Liberal party fundraiser. This incident brought her and Abbott in intense media scrutiny.
  • // 2015
    Abbott was criticised for dragging the controversy as he refused to sack Bishop despite pressure since she was a close friend. On 2nd August 2015, she had to resign despite Prime Minister’s support.
  • // 2015
    On 8 March 2015, he received Rural Fire Service Long Service Medal for his ten years of long service.
  • // 2016
    In 2016, Tony Abbott was re-elected for Liberal preselection for Division of Warringah. Since then he has criticised the stand of the party on a number of policy issues.

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Tony Abbott's FAQ

  • What is Tony Abbott birthday?

    Tony Abbott was born at 1957-11-04

  • Where is Tony Abbott's birth place?

    Tony Abbott was born in London, United Kingdom

  • What is Tony Abbott nationalities?

    Tony Abbott's nationalities is Australian

  • Who is Tony Abbott spouses?

    Tony Abbott's spouses is Margie Abbott

  • Who is Tony Abbott siblings?

    Tony Abbott's siblings is Christine Forster

  • Who is Tony Abbott childrens?

    Tony Abbott's childrens is Bridget Abbott, Frances Abbott, Louise Abbott

  • What was Tony Abbott universities?

    Tony Abbott studied at University Of Sydney, St John's College, University of Sydney, The Queen's College, St Patrick's Seminary, Sydney Law School

  • What was Tony Abbott notable alumnis?

    Tony Abbott's notable alumnis is University Of Sydney

  • What is Tony Abbott's religion?

    Tony Abbott's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Tony Abbott?

    Tony Abbott's height is 180

  • Who is Tony Abbott's father?

    Tony Abbott's father is Richard Henry Abbott

  • Who is Tony Abbott's mother?

    Tony Abbott's mother is Fay Abbott

  • What is Tony Abbott's sun sign?

    Tony Abbott is Scorpio

  • How famous is Tony Abbott?

    Tony Abbott is famouse as Former Prime Minister of Australia

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    Tony Abbott's facebook is https://www.facebook.com/TonyAbbottMP

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