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The Honourable
 Tony Abbott

Assumed office 
1 December 2009
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Malcolm Turnbull

In office
7 October 2003 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Kay Patterson
Succeeded by Nicola Roxon

Assumed office 
26 March 1994
Preceded by Michael MacKellar
Majority 16,163 (9.5%)[1]

Born 4 November 1957 (1957-11-04) (age 52)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality Australia
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Margaret Abbott
Cabinet Shadow Cabinet
Religion Roman Catholic

Anthony John "Tony" Abbott (born 4 November 1957) is the current Leader of the Opposition in the Australian House of Representatives and federal leader of the centre-right Liberal Party of Australia.

Abbott has represented the seat of Warringah since the 1994 by-election. He was Minister for Employment Services, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Minister for Health and Ageing in the Howard government at various times from 1998 to 2007 and Leader of the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007. After the defeat of the Howard government at the 2007 federal election, he was Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs until he resigned from the Malcolm Turnbull shadow cabinet on 26 November 2009 in protest against Liberal Party policy.[2] Following a successful spill motion, Abbott defeated Turnbull 42 votes to 41 in the Liberal Party of Australia leadership election of 2009.


Early life and family

Abbott was born in London, England,[3] to Australian parents. In 1960, his family returned to Australia, living first in the Sydney suburbs of Bronte then moving to Chatswood. Abbott was schooled at St Aloysius' College before completing his secondary school education at St Ignatius' College, Riverview in Sydney.[4] He graduated from the University of Sydney, residing at St John's College, with a Bachelor of Economics (BEc) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB).[3] At university he was active in student politics, gaining media attention for his political stance opposing the then dominant left-wing student leadership. He was also a prominent student boxer. He then went on to attend the Queen's College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and graduated with a Master of Arts (MA). Said to be a devout Catholic, he wanted to join the Catholic priesthood, and entered St Patrick's Seminary, Manly. He subsequently decided to leave the seminary and choose another career path. Due to this time in the seminary Abbott was given the nickname "The Mad Monk"[5] by his critics.

Despite his right-wing leanings, Abbott has acknowledged he voted for Labor in the 1988 NSW state election as he thought "Barrie Unsworth was the best deal Premier that New South Wales had ever had." Nevertheless, Abbott then clarified that he has never voted for Labor in a federal election.[6]

After leaving the seminary, Abbott worked as a journalist for The Bulletin, an influential news magazine, and The Australian. He became well-known for his strongly worded criticism of trade unions and left-wing politics. For a time he was a plant manager for Pioneer Concrete before becoming press secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr John Hewson from 1990 to 1993. Between 1993 and 1994 he was the Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.[3]

Abbott is married to Margaret, with whom he has three daughters (Louise, Bridget and Frances).[7]

When Abbott was 19 his then girlfriend became pregnant. She was keen to get married but Abbott refused, so she left him seven months into her pregnancy. She later gave birth to a son and had him adopted.[8] Abbott believed that he fathered this child.[9] The identity of this son was not known until late 2004, when it was publicly revealed that he was an Australian Broadcasting Corporation sound recordist who worked in Parliament House, Canberra, and who had often been involved in making television programs in which Abbott appeared.[10] DNA testing later revealed, however, that Abbott was not the man's father.[11]

Political life

Abbott was elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Warringah at a by-election in March 1994 following the resignation of Michael MacKellar. He served as the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (1996–98), Minister for Employment Services (1998–2001), Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Small Business (2001), Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (2001–03) and Minister for Health and Ageing from 2003 to November 2007. From late 2001 to November 2007 he was also Manager of Government Business in the House of Representatives.[12] He acquired a reputation in these roles as a robust parliamentary debater and political tactician.[13][14]

As Minister for Health and Ageing, Abbott introduced the Medicare Safety Net to cap the annual out-of-pocket costs of Medicare cardholders to a maximum amount. In 2007 he attracted criticism over long delays in funding for cancer diagnostic equipment (PET scanners).[15][16][17][18]

Abbott is an outspoken socially conservative Catholic, and his views on moral issues polarise female voters.[19] He sees reducing the number of abortions performed each year as a national priority. In March 2004 he asked "Why isn't the fact that 100,000 women choose to end their pregnancies regarded as a national tragedy approaching the scale, say, of Aboriginal life expectancy being 20 years less than that of the general community?" [20] Abbott promised to launch an investigation into a product called Pink or Blue, which is made by UK-based DNA Worldwide, a division of US-based Consumer Genetics. This test is one of several pre-natal blood tests designed to detect the sex of a fetus as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Ethicists have raised concerns that knowing the sex of a foetus so early into pregnancy would facilitate Sex-selective abortion and infanticide.[21]

A conscience vote took place, in February 2006, approving a measure that deprived the health minister of regulatory control of the abortion drug RU486. Abbott and previous health ministers had decided not to allow it to be made available. Abbott responded to the vote by calling for funding of alternative counselling to pregnant women through church-affiliated groups. During this time he criticised the acceptance of abortion, saying "... we have a bizarre double standard, a bizarre double standard in this country where someone who kills a pregnant woman's baby is guilty of murder but a woman who aborts an unborn baby is simply exercising choice."[22]

Abbott opposed allowing the introduction of embryonic stem cell research or therapeutic cloning in another conscience vote, preferring continued use of adult stem cells for research into cures for debilitating diseases. He argued that: "there are very important ethical questions here and even the very best end does not justify every possible means."[23] He has proposed a return to at-fault divorce, similar to the Matrimonial Causes Act, which would require spouses to prove offences like adultery, habitual drunkenness or cruelty before a divorce is granted. [24]

Abbott is a supporter of the constitutional monarchy in Australia. He has previously accused some sections of the Australian public of "suffering self-imposed historical and cultural amnesia" in relation to Australia's British heritage and acting like "teenagers blowing raspberries at their parents".[25]

In the 2007 federal election campaign, Abbott was drawn into controversy over comments he made about asbestos campaigner Bernie Banton. Banton, who was suffering from terminal mesothelioma, attempted to deliver a petition to Abbott's electorate office in Manly. As Abbott was not there he was accused of being "gutless". Abbott, in response, said the event was a "stunt" and said: "I know Bernie is very sick, but just because a person is sick doesn't mean that he is necessarily pure of heart in all things." Abbott later apologised for the comments.[26]

After the Coalition lost government in 2007 and he lost his health portfolio, in opposition Abbott was re-elected to the seat of Warringah with a 1.79% swing toward the Labor Party.[27] Following Peter Costello's rejection of the leadership of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, Abbott nominated for the position of party leader, along with Malcolm Turnbull and Brendan Nelson. After canvassing the support of his colleagues, Abbott decided to withdraw his nomination. He seemingly did not have the numbers, noting that he was "obviously very closely identified with the outgoing prime minister."[28] He also said he would not rule out contesting the leadership at some time in the future.[29]

In December 2007, Abbott was assigned the Shadow Portfolio of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.[30] In November 2009, Abbott resigned from shadow ministerial responsibilities due to the Liberal Party's position on the government's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS), leading to the resignation of other shadow ministers.[31]

At an October 2009 meeting in the Victorian town of Beaufort, Abbott told the audience that the concept of climate change was "absolute crap".[32] On 1 December 2009, when questioned about that statement, he said he had used "a bit of hyperbole" at that meeting rather than it being his "considered position".[33] On 1 December 2009, he succeeded Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the Opposition, defeating Turnbull and Joe Hockey in a leadership ballot, with Julie Bishop remaining as deputy leader. Abbott's win was attributed to his position on climate change, in particular, his decision to block Australia's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).[34] Abbott's views on global warming and carbon trading were subsequently described by Turnbull as "bullshit".[35][36]

In a 60 Minutes interview aired on 7 March, 2010, Abbott said that homosexuality makes him feel "a bit threatened".[37][38]

Leader of the Opposition

Public image

  • In May 2006, Abbott, as Leader of the House, called the Opposition MP, Kelvin Thompson, a "snivelling grub" in the Parliament for speaking about Nationals MP John Anderson's shares in the disgraced Australian Wheat Board. Abbott then said "If I've offended grubs, I withdraw unconditionally." The comments were not widely reported until a week later when (Labor's) Manager of Opposition Business Julia Gillard (then Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing) used exactly the same phrase about Abbott, refused to withdraw it, and was ejected from Parliament for 24 hours with questions over Speaker impartiality. Abbott later told the Parliament "It would have been better if I had not moved the motion in the terms that I originally did."[39]
  • In July 2007, Abbott gained attention after swearing once on a national TV interview and repeating the phrase when asked about the incident by journalists the next day. After renewed controversy over John Howard's alleged broken promise to hand over the Liberal leadership position to Peter Costello, Abbott said to an interviewer: "Not to put too fine a point on it, shit happens, Tony". When asked if he regretted it he cackled and repeated "shit happens", receiving some laughs from the journalists.[40]
  • On 30 October 2007, Abbott arrived more than 30 minutes late for a nationally televised debate with his Labor counterpart in the health portfolio (Nicola Roxon) after being held up by masses of journalists in relation to the incident the day before. Roxon answered questions and joked with the media about "debating herself" while waiting. After the debate, Abbott was heard saying to Roxon that her suggestion that he could have made the debate on time was "bullshit".[41][42] Abbott was a recipient of The Chaser Decides' 'Mal Award' for this and later bungles in the campaign.
  • On 11 September 2009 Abbott was accused of "hurling foul-mouthed abuse" at the Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, after he said she had been sporting a "shit-eating grin" during question time.[43]

Action against the One Nation party

In 1998, Abbott established a trust fund called "Australians for Honest Politics Trust" to help bankroll civil court cases against the One Nation party and its leader Pauline Hanson.[44] Prime Minister John Howard denied any knowledge of existence of such a fund.[45] Abbott was also accused of offering funds to One Nation dissident Terry Sharples to support his court battle against the party. However, Prime Minister Howard defended the honesty of Abbott in this matter.[46]

On 10 July 1998 a writ to block a $500,000 electorial commission payment to Mrs Hanson was filed in the Supreme Court of Queensland against the One Nation party by David Summers and Terry Sharples.[47] .[48] Both men were former candidates in the Queensland election. Summers also promoted the Easy Tax and Truth in Sentencing policies and held the party portfolio for Tourism.[49] Tony Abbott, a Federal Government Member of Parliament, immediately offered financial assistance to Summers and Sharples. According to an affidavit filed in the action, Abbott offered funds to One Nation's candidate for the seat of Noosa, David Summers, via Sharples to support the court battle against the party. According to Summers, he informed Abbott and Sharples via telephone that while he appreciated the offer, he declined the "financial" assistance as "I did not believe that I had anything to do with the action" as filed by Abbott's Liberal Party connection, Brisbane Barrister and former president of the Queensland Liberal Party, Paul Everingham. After contact with Sydney's Barrister-at-Law, Mark Robertson, Summers was represented by Supreme Court Barrister, Rebecca Treston and a Queen's Counsel from Nicol Robinson Halletts who had him removed from the action.[50]

During the deregistration action in the Queensland Supreme Court, it was alleged that Abbott also offered funds to David Summers. Summers' official statement to the court addressed his withdrawal from the action which was based upon the lawfirm organized by Abbott who filed the action, had never obtained his permission to represent him as a Plaintiff. Summers initially was to be a witness for prosecuting the action. During a round-table at the offices of Minter Ellison solicitors, Summers would not accept any deal with the Abbott / Everingham team to finance the court action, but would remain as a witness about his One Nation investigations. While at that meeting in Brisbane, One Nation locals paid Summers' family a visit at his rural property north of Noosa and the media reported that Summers was "expected to withdraw from the court action after claiming his family had been "threatened".[51] According to radio and television reports Summers wrote to his solicitor saying, "Acts of intimidation have occurred towards my family from a One Nation member today, and I don’t want things to blow up out of proportion".[52][53]

According to the Crime and Misconduct Commission Report of 2004 on the prosecution of Pauline Hanson, between July 1998 until early 1999 Abbott had "considerable involvement with the civil litigation" by ongoing communications with Sharples. Sharples believed that Abbott had made a promise to pay his legal costs. This assertion was not contested by Abbott. Abbott did help finance, and in many ways promoted, the bringing of litigation to challenge the legality of the registration of the One Nation Party.[54] One Nation's Queensland State Director Peter James proffered an official court statement by David Summers, which addressed that the Liberal Party, through Tony Abbott, had assisted and supported the action initiated by him and Terry Sharples.[55]

In the deregistration litigation, Summers did not testify to Abbott's communications with him and, during his campaign for the Seat of Noosa, Summers delegated his preferential votes to Abbott's Liberal Party over the ALP. According to Liberal Party insiders, their state Noosa electorate council argued strongly that Summers "should not receive preference ahead of Labor", but was overruled from the top. Furthermore, the Queensland Premier, Rob Borbidge, stated that he is prepared to work with and "head a minority coalition government with the support of One Nation MPs" if One Nation is elected and held "the balance of power after the election", which they did.[56]

The trio asserted the $500,000 was not going to go to all of the Queensland One Nation candidates and would be diverted to fill the coffers of the One Nation leadership. Abbott, Summers and Sharples alleged that Hanson's political party was not legally registered, not properly constituted and not run by its members. The writ alleged that the party was owned and operated by Hanson, David Oldfield and David Etteridge under an umbrella company called Pauline Hanson's One Nation Incorporated.[57]

Prior to the 13 June 1998 election, One Nation's campaign director, David Oldfield was aware of Tony Abbott's communications with David Summers regarding Oldfield's "excessive" expenses when he worked for Abbott years earlier. As Summers' investigation of Oldfield intensified, Oldfield disendorsed Summers a week before the election via telephone and facsimile with no party vote or endorsement of the decision. Oldfield's wrath came during an interview with Summers by a Brisbane-based television network. Summers had been investigating allegations of "missing" One Nation funds allegedly being funneled to Vanuatu, a known tax haven in the South Pacific. Summers was also in discussions with Sharples regarding the legal legitimacy of the party's membership list which Summers refused to discuss publicly due to a Supreme Court confidentiality order.[58][59] The "official" party line given by Oldfield for the disendorsement was due to an alleged "antipapal" statement and other political comments attributed to Summers by Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Greg Roberts. The political mudslinging continued by Oldfield who unilaterally disendorsed more than a dozen candidates nationwide.

Summers, an investigative journalist and publisher of Exposure Magazine, publicly rebuked Roberts and his article multiple times as false and challenged Roberts to produce evidence of the statements and that an interview was even conducted. Roberts never produced. Summers went public that he was not behind the action with Tony Abbott to "freeze any party funds"; was never interviewed by Roberts, never "issued any such anti-papal statements", and "does not even believe" the statements that Robert's attributed to him.[60] In the Supreme Court, Summers won his bid, maintaining that the Everingham lawyers never had his permission to represent him and that his name was used illegally to bring the action against the party.[61] In 2005 and 2007, complaints were successfully filed by authors such as Scott Balsom and Dr. Jim Saleam against Greg Roberts for wrongful allegations of "anti-Semitism" with the National Press Council for his unwarranted "smear campaigns".[62][63][64]

It was Sharples' legal action that laid the basis for the prosecution of the One Nation founders, Pauline Hanson and David Ettridge, which ultimately resulted in Hanson & Ettridge being imprisoned.[65] On August 20, 2003, Hanson & Ettridge started their three year sentence behind bars for electoral fraud.[66] Opposition MP Craig Emerson demanded to know where the money for the trust, reportedly $100,000, had come from, saying that taxpayers had a right to know.[54] Treasurer Peter Costello said of Abbott's actions, "I don't think that the way to resolve political disputes is through the courts. I think the way to resolve it is at the ballot box."[67] The conviction against Hanson was ultimately overturned, leading to criticism of a range of politicians for political interference by the adjudicating justice.

Abbott conceded that the political threat One Nation posed to the Howard Government was "a very big factor" in his decision to pursue the legal attack, but he also claimed to be acting "in Australia's national interest". Mr Howard also defended Abbott's actions saying "It's the job of the Liberal Party to politically attack other parties - there's nothing wrong with that."[65]

Community service

Abbott is a volunteer member of the NSW Rural Fire Service [68] as a member of the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade.

Abbott has participated in many events for charity including running in a 100 km charity ultramarathon.[69]. In April 2007 he launched the tenth annual Pollie Pedal, a charitable event which aimed to raise money for breast cancer research.[70] Federal Territories Minister Jim Lloyd said that the event was Abbott's "brainchild".[71]

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Tony Abbott (born 1957-11-04), is an Australian politician who is the current Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in the Australian federal opposition. From 2004-2007 he was Minister for Health and Ageing in the Howard government, and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Federal Parliament. Since 1994, he has been the Member for Warringah, in New South Wales in the House of Representatives for the Liberal Party.


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The Honourable
 Tony Abbott

Assumed office 
1 December 2009
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Malcolm Turnbull

20th 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

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Warringah
Assumed office 
26 March 1994
Preceded by Michael Mackellar
Majority 16,163 (9.5%)[1]

Born 4 November 1957 (1957-11-04) (age 53)
London, United Kingdom
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse Margaret
Religion Roman Catholic

Anthony John "Tony" Abbott (born 4 November 1957) is an Australian politician, the Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament, and parliamentary leader of the Liberal Party. He took over from Malcolm Turnbull on 1 December 2009.

Abbott was the Minister for Health and Ageing in the Howard government, 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.[2] He then defeated Malcolm Turnbull, in a Liberal Party leadership election on 1 December, 2009. Abbott has been the Member for Warringah, in the House of Representatives since 1994. He 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.


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