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Abbott, Tony (Australia)

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Introduction

Tony Abbott became prime minister in Sept. 2013, leading his Liberal–National coalition to a decisive victory over the incumbent Labor government. A conservative on social issues, he won the election promising to strengthen the economy, limit the number of asylum seekers entering the country and revoke the recently introduced carbon tax.

Early Life

Anthony John ‘Tony’ Abbott was born in London, UK on 4 Nov. 1957 to Australian parents who returned to Sydney, Australia in 1960. He attended St Ignatius’ College in the city’s suburbs before reading economics and law at the University of Sydney and winning a Rhodes scholarship to study politics and philosophy at the University of Oxford in England. In 1984 he began training for the Catholic priesthood but left before ordination to become a journalist, writing for The Bulletin and The Australian, the biggest-selling national daily newspaper. He worked as press secretary to opposition leader Dr John Hewson from 1990–93 and was...

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