Tony Abbott

Anthony John "Tony" Abbott (born 4 November 1957) is the Leader of the Opposition in the Australian House of Representatives and federal leader of the centre-right Liberal Party of Australia.

Abbott has represented the seat of Warringah since the 1994 by-election. He was Minister for Employment Services, Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and Minister for Health and Ageing in the Howard government at various times from 1998 to 2007 and Leader of the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007. After the defeat of the Howard government at the 2007 federal election, he was Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs until he resigned from the Malcolm Turnbull shadow cabineton 26 November 2009 in protest against Liberal Party policy. Following a successful spill motion, Abbott defeated Turnbull 42 votes to 41 in the Liberal Party of Australia leadership election of 2009. Abbott will lead The Coalition to the next federal election which will be held on 21 August 2010. (Credit: Wikipedia)

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