Rt Hon Tony Abbott MP
Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister by the Australian people on 7 September 2013 and served for two years.
In his time as Prime Minister, the carbon tax and the mining tax were repealed; free trade agreements were finalised with China, Japan and Korea; and the people smuggling trade from Indonesia to Australia was halted. Australia became the second largest military contributor to the US-led campaign against ISIL in Iraq and hosted the G20 meeting of global leaders in Brisbane in November 2014. In 2014 and again in 2015, he spent a week running the government from a remote indigenous community.
As Opposition Leader at the 2010 election, he reduced a first term Labor government to minority status before comprehensively winning the 2013 election.
Tony Abbott held the roles of parliamentary secretary, minister, cabinet minister and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Howard government.
Prior to entering parliament, he received degrees in economics and law, and an MA in Politics and Philosophy, was then a journalist with The Australian, a senior adviser to Opposition Leader John Hewson, and director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.
Away from politics, Tony Abbott does surf patrols with the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club and is a former deputy captain in the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade.