Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as 29th Prime Minister of Australia

Sep 15, 2015 18:53 IST

Malcolm Turnbull was on 15 September 2015 sworn in as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia. Turnbull was sworn in by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.

With this, Turnbull, the former Communication Minister of Australia, became Australia's fourth prime minister since 2013. Turnbull gained the power as leader of the ruling centre-right Liberal Party after defeating Tony Abbott in an internal party leadership ballot.

In the ballot, Abbott received 44 votes while Turnbull received 54 votes.

About Malcolm Turnbull
• Malcolm worked as a journalist before he began legal practice in 1980. He successfully defended the former MI5 agent Peter Wright in his efforts to publish his memoirs, Spycatcher.
• In 1987 Malcolm established his own investment banking firm and during that time co-founded a number of Australian companies including OzEmail Ltd.
• His political career began in 2004 when he was elected as the Member for Wentworth and upon entering Parliament; he joined the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
• In December 2007, Malcolm was appointed as a Shadow Treasurer and following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009.
• Malcolm was the Minister for Communications from September 2013 to September 2015.

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