41 Facts About Malcolm Turnbull

1. Malcolm Turnbull was not listed in the 2014 list of the BRW Rich 200.

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2. Malcolm Turnbull supported legislation relaxing restrictions on abortion pill RU486 and he voted for the legalisation of somatic cell nuclear transfer.

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3. Malcolm Turnbull is married to Lucy Malcolm Turnbull, who was the Lord Mayor of Sydney from 2003 to 2004 and has held a number of other prominent positions.

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4. On 21 August 2018, Malcolm Turnbull survived a challenge to his leadership of the Liberal Party by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, winning by 48 votes to Dutton's 35.

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5. In February 2017, Malcolm Turnbull confirmed he had donated $1.75 million to the Liberal Party's election campaign.

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6. On 8 May, Malcolm Turnbull visited Government House to advise the Governor-General to issue the writs for a double dissolution on 9 May; this confirmed the date of the election as 2 July 2016.

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7. On 21 March 2016, Malcolm Turnbull announced that Parliament would consider bills to reinstate the Australian Building and Construction Commission, with the bills having previously been rejected twice before.

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8. Malcolm Turnbull announced an extensive reshuffle of the Cabinet on 20 September 2015 to form the First Turnbull Ministry.

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9. In July 2012, Malcolm Turnbull was criticised by some Liberal MPs for saying that civil unions should be introduced as a first step towards establishing same-sex marriage in Australia.

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10. Malcolm Turnbull announced that his policy would be to support the CPRS, despite significant disagreement among his colleagues.

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11. In early 2009, Malcolm Turnbull appointed Chris Kenny, a former staffer to Alexander Downer and an Advertiser journalist, as his chief of staff.

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12. Malcolm Turnbull won the ballot by four votes and became Leader of the Opposition.

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13. Malcolm Turnbull refused to answer questions regarding Handbury's contribution to the Wentworth Forum, the main fund-raising organisation for Turnbull's 2007 election campaign.

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14. In February 2007, Malcolm Turnbull was criticised for claiming a government allowance of 175 a night and paying it to his wife as rent while living in a townhouse owned by her in Canberra.

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15. In 2003, Malcolm Turnbull announced that he would challenge King for the seat and successfully defeated him to become the Liberal candidate.

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16. In 2000, Malcolm Turnbull intended to seek Liberal preselection for Wentworth but did not eventually contest after concluding that preselection hopeful Peter King had the numbers in the branches.

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17. Malcolm Turnbull has had a long affiliation with the Liberal Party of Australia throughout his career.

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18. Malcolm Turnbull retired from the Australian Republican Movement in 2000, having already left the board of Ausflag in 1994; he joined the Australian National Flag Association in 2004.

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19. Malcolm Turnbull published a book on the campaign, titled Fighting for the Republic.

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20. Malcolm Turnbull was an active campaigner in the unsuccessful 1999 referendum to establish an Australian republic, serving as Chair of the Yes Committee.

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21. At the Convention, Malcolm Turnbull cautioned against mixing the roles of President and Prime Minister, advocating a parliamentary republic, and supported the bi-partisan appointment republican model adopted by the convention.

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22. Malcolm Turnbull was an elected delegate at the Australian Constitutional Convention of 1998 in Canberra.

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23. In 1993, Malcolm Turnbull was appointed by Prime Minister Paul Keating as Chair of the Republic Advisory Committee, charged with exploring ways of moving Australia to an republican form of government by replacing the Queen of Australia with an elected Australian head of state.

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24. Malcolm Turnbull spent time as a director of the Menzies Research Centre, the Liberal Party's research centre.

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25. Malcolm Turnbull was made Federal Treasurer of the Liberal Party in 2000, and was a member of the party's federal and New South Wales executives from 2002 to 2003.

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26. Malcolm Turnbull let his membership of the Liberal Party lapse in 1986, before rejoining in 2000.

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27. In 1981, Malcolm Turnbull stood for Liberal Party preselection in the Division of Wentworth prior to the 1981 Wentworth by-election.

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28. Malcolm Turnbull purchased a stake in the internet service provider Ozemail in 1994 for $500,000.

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29. Malcolm Turnbull attempted to use the press to goad the counsel assisting the commission, Douglas Meagher QC, into suing him and Packer for the withering public attack both undertook to sully Meagher's and Costigan's names.

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30. Malcolm Turnbull was general counsel and secretary for Australian Consolidated Press Holdings Group from 1983 to 1985.

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31. In 1978, Malcolm Turnbull won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Brasenose College, Oxford, where he studied for a Bachelor of Civil Law from 1978 to 1980, graduating with honours.

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32. Malcolm Turnbull worked part-time as a political journalist for Nation Review, Radio 2SM and Channel 9, covering state politics.

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33. In 1973, Malcolm Turnbull attended the University of Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1977 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1978.

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34. Malcolm Turnbull was made senior school co-captain in 1972, as well as winning the Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition, excelling particularly in the literary subjects such as English and history.

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35. Malcolm Turnbull spent his first three years of school at Vaucluse Public School.

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36. Malcolm Turnbull is of Scottish descent; his great-great-great grandfather John Turnbull arrived on the Coromandel in 1802 in New South Wales and became a tailor.

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37. Malcolm Turnbull resigned from parliament on 31 August 2018, triggering a by-election in the seat of Wentworth.

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38. At the 2016 federal election, Malcolm Turnbull led the Coalition to victory by a single seat, the smallest majority since the 1961 federal election.

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39. Malcolm Turnbull served as Chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 1993 to 2000, and was one of the leaders of the unsuccessful "Yes" campaign in the 1999 republic referendum.

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40. Malcolm Turnbull graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, before attending Brasenose College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Civil Law.

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41. Malcolm Turnbull was the MP for Wentworth in the House of Representatives from 2004 to 2018.

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