Tony Abbott successfully led the Coalition at the 2013 Federal Election and is Australia's 28th Prime Minister.
At the 2010 election, the Coalition under Mr Abbott’s leadership achieved the best result for a first term opposition since 1932.
Mr Abbott was first elected as Member for Warringah in March 1994. He has been re-elected as Member for Warringah at six subsequent elections.
During the Howard Government, Mr Abbott served as a Parliamentary Secretary, Minister, member of Cabinet, and Leader of the House of Representatives.
As Minister for Employment Services (1998-2001) Mr Abbott oversaw the development of the Job Network and a major expansion of Work for the Dole.
As Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (2001-2003) Mr Abbott boosted construction industry productivity through the establishment of the Cole Royal Commission.
As Minister for Health and Ageing (2003-2007) Mr Abbott introduced the Medicare safety net for people with big out-of-pocket expenses, increased hospital funding by $2.2 billion, increased Medicare bulk billing rates, expanded Medicare beyond doctors, and resolved the medical indemnity crisis.
Since Federation, no Coalition Opposition Leader has had more ministerial experience than Tony Abbott.
Tony Abbott is married to Margaret and are the proud parents of three daughters – Louise, Frances and Bridget.
Mr Abbott holds Economics and Law degrees from Sydney University. He is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a Master of Arts (Politics and Philosophy) from Oxford University. Mr Abbott is the author of three books. His most recent book “Battlelines” was published in 2009 and reprinted in 2010.
Prior to entering parliament, Mr Abbott was a journalist with ‘The Australian” and “The Bulletin”. He was press secretary and political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr John Hewson, before becoming Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.
As a resident of the Northern beaches in Sydney, Mr Abbott is a long term member of Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club and the Davidson Brigade of the Rural Fire Service.