Prime Minister of Australia


Prime Minister Tony Abbott of AustraliaTony Abbott

Date of Birth: 4 November 1957
Birth Place: London, United Kingdom
Political Party: Liberal Party of Australia
Arrival in Power: 18 September 2013
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Politician

Biography:


Tony Abbott was born in London, United Kingdom in 1957. He is the current Prime Minister of Australia. Tony Abbott studied at the University of Sydney and also at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Tony Abbott trained to become a Jesuit priest however he did not complete training. Tony Abbott also worked as a journalist before joining politics.

Tony Abbott was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 1994. Over the years he has held several important posts as part of the opposition and also as a cabinet minister in Prime Minister John Howard's government until it's defeat in the 2007 elections. In 2009 Tony Abbott was elected as the new leader of the Liberal Party and he became the official leader of the opposition in the Australian Parliament. The Labor party and the Liberal party came to a tie in the 2010 elections, however the Labor Party was able to gain sufficient support to form a coalition.

Tony Abbott's Liberal party and its coalition partners won the 2013 Australian Federal and he became Australia's 28th Prime Minister.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Abbott

Updated on: January 14th, 2015

Former Prime Minister of Australia


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd of AustraliaKevin Rudd

Date of Birth: 21 September 1957
Birth Place: Nambour, Australia
Political Party: Australian Labor Party
Arrival in Power: 3 December 2007
Religion: Anglican
Profession: Civil Servant, Politician

Biography:


Kevin Rudd was born in Nambour, Australia in 1957. Kevin Rudd studied in Canberra his field of study was Chinese language and history. In 1981 he began his career as a civil servant and served in several posts relating to Chinese relations, he also held China related posts in the private sector. In 1998 he was elected to parliament for the first time. Following the 2001 election, he became the shadow minister for Foreign Affairs, after seeing several leaders of the Labor Party fail to get elected, he was elected party leader in 2006.


Kevin Rudd's leadership finally offered a real alternative to John Howard's government, in his own words, the Labor would now be "an alternative, not just an echo of the Howard government." In 2007 Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party won the elections, his first act as prime minister was to sign the Kyoto Protocol. He also apologized in the name of Australia, to the Indigenous population. Kevin Rudd also pulled Australia's troops out of Iraq, and he promised more troops for Afghanistan.

Kevin Rudd was replaced as the Prime Minister of Australia by Julia Gillard in 2010 when she won the leadership of the Labor Party. However, Rudd won back the leadership in June 2013 and became Australia's Prime Minister once again until he lost the 2013 general elections.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Rudd

Updated on: January 14th, 2015

 

Former Prime Minister of Australia


Prime Minister Julia Gillard of AustraliaJulia Gillard

Date of Birth: 29 September 1961
Birth Place: Barry, United Kingdom
Political Party: Australian Labor Party
Arrival in Power: 24 June 2010
Left Power: 20 June 2013
Religion: NA
Profession: Lawyer

Biography:


Julia Gillard was born in Barry, United Kingdom, in 1961. Julia Gillard studied at the University of Adelaide and at the University of Melbourne where she obtained a Bachelor of Laws. Julia Gillard became a lawyer in 1987 and by 1990 had become a partner at her law firm. She was elected to parliament for the first time in 1998 as a member of the Australian Labour Party. Following the 2001 election, she became the shadow minister for Population and Immigration, and in 2003 she became the shadow minister for health in 2003. Julia Gillard became deputy leader of the Australian Labor Party in 2006.


Following the Labor Party victory in the 2007 Australian Federal Elections, Julia Gillard became Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, with the Prime Minister being Kevin Rudd. Julia Gillard also became the Minister for Education, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, and also the Minister for Social Inclusion. Julia Gillard became the Prime Minister of Australia on June 24th 2010, following Kevin Rudd's resignation as party leader due to a lack of support. Julia Gillard thus became Australia's first woman prime minister.

Julia Gillard was replaced as Australia's Prime Minister in June 2013 when Kevin Rudd regained the leadership of the Labor Party.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Gillard

Updated on: January 14th, 2015