Tony Abbott Sworn in as Australia Prime Minister

Sep 18, 2013 11:04 IST

Tony AbbottTony Abbott was sworn in as Australia's new Prime Minister on 18 September 2013. Tony Abbott is the 28th Prime Minister of Australia.

Tony Abbott, 55, took the oath at Government House in Canberra in front of Governor-General Quentin Bryce. His Conservative Party defeated former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's centre-left Labor Party in 7 September 2013 elections. Tony Abbott has immediately ordered the scrapping of Australia's carbon tax and the halting of asylum-seeker boats after being sworn in as Prime Minister.

About Tony Abbott

The elections were held for The House of Representatives. The House of Representatives is one of the two Houses of Parliament of Australia. The other one is senate.

About Tony Abbott

• Tony Abbott was Born in England in 1957 to an Australian mother and an English-born father and he graduated in economics and law from Sydney University.
• Leader of Liberal Party and main opposition Liberal-National coalition.
• Rhodes Scholar, former student boxer and Catholic priest trainee.
• Held employment and health and ageing portfolios in John Howard Government from 2001 -2007.
• Tony Abbott was elected Member for Warringah at a by-election in March 1994. Prior to entering Parliament he was Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy from 1993-94.
• From 1990-93 he was press secretary and political advisor to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr John Hewson. His previous career was in journalism, where he wrote as a feature writer for 'The Bulletin' and 'The Australian'.
• Tony Abbott became Leader of the Opposition on 1 December 2009.

 

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