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Tony Abbott

Personal data
Date of birth4 November 1957(age 53)
Place of birthLondon, United Kingdom
Political partyLiberal Party of Australia
SpouseMargaret Abbott
Alma materSt John's College, University of Sydney
Queen's College, Oxford
St Patrick's Seminary, Manly
ReligionRoman Catholicism
32nd Leader of the Opposition
Elections: 2010
Assumed office1 December 2009
DeputyJulie Bishop
Preceded byMalcolm Turnbull
Minister for Health and Ageing
In office7 October 2003 - 3 December 2007
Prime ministerJohn Howard
Succeeded byNicola Roxon
Preceded byKay Patterson
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
In office26 November 2001 - 7 October 2003
Prime ministerJohn Howard
Succeeded byKevin Andrews
Preceded byHimself (Employment and Workplace Relations)
Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
In office30 January 2001 - 26 November 2001
Prime ministerJohn Howard
Succeeded byHimself (Employment and Workplace Relations)
Ian Macfarlane (Small Business)
Preceded byPeter Reith
Minister for Employment Services
In office21 October 1998 - 30 January 2001
Prime ministerJohn Howard
Succeeded byMal Brough
Preceded byChris Ellison
Assumed office26 March 1994
Majority22,252 (13.1%)
Preceded byMichael MacKellar

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Anthony John "Tony" Abbott (born 4 November 1957) is the 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 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 Malcolm Turnbull's shadow cabinet on 26 November 2009 in protest against Liberal Party support for an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Following a spill motion, Abbott defeated Turnbull 42 votes to 41 in a party leadership election.

The 2010 federal election resulted in a hung parliament with the incumbent Labor government led by Julia Gillard, forming a minority government after gaining support of an Australian Greens MP and three independent MPs. Abbott was re-elected unopposed to the party leadership following the election.

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Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard's banter on the Today show.
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(as seen on ABC's Q&A) Parody of Old Spice ad for Australian federal election 2010. Tony Abbott is a man. He uses manly body wash. "An election treat" - Tony Jones No political party or Old Spice is associated with this video. All voices are impersonated. (c) 2010
0.65 min. | 4.63 user rating See this new GetUp ad that takes Abbott to task for his views on women. Some of Tony Abbott's archaic views are escaping the attention of the media and the Australian public
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Next time Tony Abbott says anything ask yourself is he really telling the truth? By his own admission he is probably lying. To view the whole interview on Tony Abbott on the 7:30 Report
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Paul Keating comments on Tony Abbott as a leader ....
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Tony Abbott calls on Australians to support real action to reduce Labors massive debt, real action to stop illegal immigration and real action to fix public hospitals.
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Tony Abbott tries to explain the difference between "Gospel Truth" and the stuff that comes out of his mouth. But he only proved one thing; Tony is a phoney and that's the Gospel truth, Ruth!
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More of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard's antics on the Today Show.
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Like, why did you oppose stimulus that kept my blokes in a job? And now, with families under enough pressure why would you cut? Like trades training centres in schools that help our kids. How's that any good? And putting more pressure on hospitals by stopping GP clinics and a new 1.5% tax that is going to raise the price of groceries or electricity or petrol? Nah, you don't get it. Mate, you lost my vote
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Tony Abbott & Julia Gillard, two of Australia's more entertaining political performers. Follow up video coming soon.
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Abbott acknowledges support for NBN in Tasmania - Computerworld Australia Tweet this news
Computerworld Australia--Opposition leader -Tony Abbott- has given one of the strongest suggestions to date that the Coalition will not roll back fibre deployed by the NBN Co should ... - Date : Mon, 08 Nov 2010 01:50:06 GMT+00:00
Tony Abbott's missing moral core - Eureka Street Tweet this news
Eureka Street---Tony Abbott- has been in public life for a long time. Some of us remember his forays into student politics in the 70s; his stint in journalism with the ... - Date : Sun, 07 Nov 2010 19:10:35 GMT+00:00
Government in hiding over Murray: Abbott - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian---TONY Abbott- has accused the government of hiding behind public servants by refusing to attend a consultation process over a draft rescue plan for the Murray ... - Date : Thu, 04 Nov 2010 04:32:11 GMT+00:00
Political websites plant spy devices - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--The websites of Barry O'Farrell, Kristina Keneally, -Tony Abbott- and the Greens plant spying devices on visitors' computers, which can track them as they ... - Date : Sun, 07 Nov 2010 12:55:32 GMT+00:00
Abbott appeals to hate - Green Left Weekly Tweet this news
Green Left Weekly--On November 3, opposition leader -Tony Abbott- met with about 150 local residents, most of whom were opposed to the government plans. ... - Date : Sun, 07 Nov 2010 06:37:44 GMT+00:00
Tony Abbott returns fire on slogans, accusing Labor of 'economic Whitlamism' - The Australian Tweet this news
The Australian---TONY Abbott- has seized on reports Lindsay Tanner was excluded from meaningful pre-budget meetings in the last parliament to question the economic ... - Date : Tue, 02 Nov 2010 03:31:35 GMT+00:00
Abbott could be PM in two weeks: Sherry - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--Opposition Leader -Tony Abbott- could be Australia's prime minister in two weeks, Assistant Treasurer Nick Sherry says. Senator Sherry has welcomed former ... - Date : Thu, 05 Aug 2010 00:56:48 GMT+00:00
Abbott happy to feel the love in a seniors moment - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald---Tony Abbott- declares Labor's campaign is in trouble, but refuses to debate again Prime Minister Gillard. -Tony Abbott- once described himself as the political ... - Date : Wed, 04 Aug 2010 21:01:54 GMT+00:00
Expert rubbishes Abbott's carbon cost claims - ABC Online Tweet this news
ABC Online--A prominent economist has criticised Opposition Leader -Tony Abbott- for saying a $40 tax on carbon would double the price of electricity. ... - Date : Thu, 05 Aug 2010 11:49:46 GMT+00:00
Abbott pledge phony says Brumby - Sydney Morning Herald Tweet this news
Sydney Morning Herald--Federal Opposition Leader -Tony Abbott- can't be trusted to deliver on his $3.1 billion health promise given his legacy of funding cuts, Victorian Premier ... - Date : Thu, 05 Aug 2010 05:45:43 GMT+00:00

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Michael MacKellar
Member of Parliament for Warringah
1994 - present
Political offices
Preceded by
Chris Ellison
Minister for Employment Services
1998 - 2001
Succeeded by
as Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Preceded by
Peter Reith
Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
Succeeded by
Ian Macfarlane
as Minister for Small Business
Succeeded by
Kevin Andrews
Preceded by
as Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
2001 - 2003
Succeeded by
Nicola Roxon
Preceded by
Kay Patterson
Minister for Health and Ageing
2003 - 2007
Preceded by
Malcolm Turnbull
Leader of the Opposition
2009 - present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Malcolm Turnbull
Leader of the Liberal Party
2009 - present

Federal Parliamentary Leaders of the Liberal Party of Australia

Menzies * Holt * Gorton * McMahon * Snedden * Fraser * Peacock * Howard * Peacock * Hewson * Downer * Howard * Nelson * Turnbull * Abbott |

Current Members of the Australian House of Representatives from New South Wales

LaborAnthony Albanese * Sharon Bird * Chris Bowen * David Bradbury * Tony Burke * Jason Clare * Greg Combet * Bob Debus * Justine Elliot * Laurie Ferguson * Joel Fitzgibbon * Peter Garrett * Jennie George * Sharon Grierson * Jill Hall * Chris Hayes * Julia Irwin * Mike Kelly * Robert McClelland * Maxine McKew * Daryl Melham * John Murphy * Belinda Neal * Julie Owens * Tanya Plibersek * Roger Price * Janelle Saffin * Craig Thomson
LiberalTony Abbott * Bob Baldwin * Bronwyn Bishop * Pat Farmer * Paul Fletcher * Joanna Gash * Alex Hawke * Joe Hockey * Sussan Ley * Louise Markus * Scott Morrison * Philip Ruddock * Alby Schultz * Malcolm Turnbull * Danna Vale
NationalsJohn Cobb * Mark Coulton * Luke Hartsuyker * Kay Hull
IndependentRob Oakeshott * Tony Windsor

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