46 Facts About Tony Abbott

1. In 2008, Tony Abbott spent three weeks teaching in a remote Aboriginal settlement in Coen on Cape York, organised through indigenous leader Noel Pearson.

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2. Tony Abbott is an active volunteer member of the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club.

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3. Tony Abbott supported Peter Dutton calls to treat white South African farmers, who are sometimes targets of attacks, as refugees.

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4. Tony Abbott announced that the federal government would challenge this decision in the High Court.

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5. Tony Abbott is an opponent of embryonic stem cell research and euthanasia.

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6. Tony Abbott supports the right for women to have an abortion.

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7. In July 2011, Tony Abbott criticised the proposed powers of the government's carbon tax regulator.

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8. Tony Abbott predicted in March 2012 that the Gillard government's carbon tax would be the world's "biggest".

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9. In November 2009, Tony Abbott outlined his objections to the Rudd Government's carbon pricing plan on the ABC's Lateline program.

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10. In 2009, Tony Abbott announced his opposition to Turnbull's support for the Rudd Government's Emissions Trading Scheme proposal, and successfully challenged Turnbull for the Liberal leadership, chiefly over this issue.

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11. Tony Abbott was re-elected with a small swing against him, matching the statewide swing against the Government.

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12. In early December 2015, Tony Abbott said he would not make a decision on his political future until April 2016.

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13. Tony Abbott determined that a national plebiscite, rather than a Parliamentary vote should settle the issue.

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14. In November 2012, Tony Abbott launched his fourth book, A Strong Australia, a compilation of nine of his "landmark speeches" from 2012, including his budget reply and National Press Club addresses.

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15. Tony Abbott said that Gillard had lied to the electorate over the issue because Gillard and her Treasurer Wayne Swan had ruled out the introduction of a carbon tax in the lead up to the 2010 election.

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16. Tony Abbott said that funding should be found within the existing budget.

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17. Tony Abbott announced that he wanted Turnbull to prosecute the Opposition's case against the Gillard Government's proposed expenditure on a National Broadband Network.

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18. Tony Abbott repeatedly spoke of his admiration for Pearson, and in March 2010, introduced the Wild Rivers Bill to Parliament in support of Pearson's campaign to overturn the Queensland government's Wild Rivers legislation.

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19. In 2013, Tony Abbott stated on 3AW that if his sister Christine Forster were to have a marriage ceremony with her partner Virginia he would attend.

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20. Tony Abbott announced a new Coalition policy on carbon emission reduction in February, which committed the Coalition to a 5 per cent reduction in emissions by 2020.

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21. Tony Abbott described Prime Minister Rudd's Emission Trading plan as a 'Great big tax on everything' and opposed it.

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22. Tony Abbott proposed blocking the government's ETS in the Senate whereas Turnbull sought to amend the bill which the majority of the Liberal Party did not support.

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23. On 1 December 2009, Tony Abbott was elected to the position of Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia over Turnbull and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey.

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24. Tony Abbott campaigned as Minister for Health at the 2007 election.

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25. Tony Abbott introduced the Medicare Safety Net to cap the annual out-of-pocket costs of Medicare cardholders to a maximum amount.

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26. In 2005, Tony Abbott was holidaying with his family in Bali when the Bali bombings occurred.

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27. Tony Abbott was one of the leading voices within the party campaigning for the successful "No" vote, pitting him against future parliamentary colleague and leading republican Malcolm Turnbull.

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28. Tony Abbott commissioned the Cole Royal Commission into "thuggery and rorts" in the construction industry and created the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner in response and to lift productivity.

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29. In 1998, Tony 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.

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30. Tony Abbott easily held the safe Liberal seat in the Liberals' traditional North Shore heartland, suffering only a 1 percent swing in the primary vote.

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31. Tony Abbott lost a Liberal Party leadership spill on 14 September 2015, and was replaced by Malcolm Turnbull as leader of the party and Prime Minister of Australia.

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32. Tony Abbott went on to lead the Coalition to victory at the 2013 election and was sworn in as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia on 18 September 2013.

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33. Tony Abbott became a naturalised Australian citizen on 26 June 1981, apparently so as to become eligible for a Rhodes scholarship.

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34. Tony Abbott eventually became a journalist and wrote for The Australian.

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35. Tony Abbott was a heavyweight with modest height and reach.

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36. Tony Abbott was a student boxer, earning two Blues for boxing while at Oxford.

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37. Tony Abbott organised rallies in support of Governor-General John Kerr after he dismissed the Whitlam Government in November 1975, as well as a pro-Falklands War demonstration during his time at Oxford.

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38. Tony Abbott resided at St John's College and was president of the Student Representative Council.

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39. Tony Abbott graduated with a Bachelor of Economics in 1979 and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1981 from the University of Sydney.

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40. Tony Abbott went on to lead the Coalition to victory in the 2013 election and was sworn in as the 28th Prime Minister of Australia on 18 September 2013.

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41. Tony Abbott led the Coalition at the 2010 election, which resulted in a hung parliament.

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42. In 2003, Tony Abbott became Minister for Health and Ageing, retaining this position until the defeat of the Howard Government at the 2007 election.

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43. Tony Abbott was promoted to cabinet in 2001 as Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business.

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44. Tony Abbott was born in London to an Australian mother and a British father, and moved to Sydney at the age of two.

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45. Tony Abbott was first elected Member of Parliament for Warringah in 1994.

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46. Tony Abbott served as Leader of the Opposition from 2009 to 2013.

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