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Tony Abbott

Anthony John "Tony" Abbott 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 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 Malcolm Turnbull's shadow cabinet on 26 November 2009 in protest against Liberal Party support for an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Following a spill motion, Abbott defeated Turnbull 42 votes to 41 in a party leadership election.
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Tony Abbott says government will not give in to 'moral blackmail' over asylum ...
2014-07-08
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his government will not give in to "moral blackmail" following reported suicide attempts by asylum seekers on Christmas Island. Fairfax Media reports on Wednesday that a dozen mothers have tried to kill themselves on ...
(Sydney Morning Herald)
  1. Tony Abbott says the government won't 'capitulate to moral blackmail' after ...
  2. Tony Abbott says asylum seeker mothers attempting self-harm won't influence ...
  3. Abbott tackles asylum seeker self-harm as carbon tax repeal looms – politics live

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Carbon tax repeal: UK politician Lord Deben attacks Tony Abbott's 'reckless ...
2014-07-08
One of the UK's leading Tory politicians has attacked Tony Abbott's plan to scrap the carbon tax, accusing the Prime Minister of "recklessly endangering" the future of the world. The legislation to abolish the tax passed the House of Representatives ...
(ABC Online)
  1. Tony Abbott's government is 'recklessly endangering' the future on climate ...
  2. Tony Abbott Under Pressure as Climate and Business Groups Denounce ...
  3. Australia facing 'unprecedented rise in climate denial'

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Tony Abbott accuses opponents of disruption as UN voices concern over boats ...
2014-07-08
TONY Abbott has accused political opponents of trying to “disrupt” the government's boat turn-back policy, as the High Court prepares to hear a challenge to the return of a boatload of asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka. In an urgent hearing before the High ...
(The Australian)
  1. High Court bars handover of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka
  2. Asylum policy 'disrupted' by High Court injunction: Abbott
  3. Abbott dodges questions on High Court decision

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Tony Abbott meets Jacquie Lambie days after she calls him a 'political psychopath'
2014-07-07
Tony Abbott has met the Palmer United Party's Jacqui Lambie, just days after the new senator labelled the Prime Minister a "political psychopath". The meeting is the latest in a series between Mr Abbott and the incoming senator crossbench, most of whom ...
(Sydney Morning Herald)
  1. Jacqui Lambie meets with Tony Abbott after 'psychopath' swipe
  2. Senator Jacqui Lambie meets with Prime Minister Tony Abbott after labelling ...
  3. Abbott axe poised to fall on carbon tax

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Buying carbon permits would be cheaper than Direct Action policy, Tony Abbott ...
2014-07-06
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been a key opponent of the purchase of international credits, which he described in 2011 as ''money that shouldn't be going offshore into dodgy carbon farms in Equatorial Guinea and Kazakhstan''. However, it is understood ...
(Sydney Morning Herald)
  1. Abbott government urged to rethink view on carbon permits
  2. Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax

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Tony Abbott approval lower than that of government
2014-07-06
Tony Abbott is wearing this pain personally. Today's quarterly Newspoll shows some very big numbers moving against him. The Prime Minister's approval rating is down seven points in his home state of NSW, where it is lower than the Coalition's primary vote.
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  1. Did he budget for this? Tony Abbott's personal approval rating takes another ...
  2. Abbott govt support waning: poll
  3. Government continuing to lose favour in polls

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Tony Abbott: budget will pass because no one has 'credible alternative'
2014-07-04
The prime minister has acknowledged the budget faces a very tough ride in the new post-July Senate, but Tony Abbott has nonetheless declared his economic statement will pass in time “because no one has put up a credible alternative”. Abbott told a ...
(The Guardian)
  1. Abbott paints himself into a corner over budget savings
  2. Fact check: Does the federal budget cut $80 billion from hospitals and schools?

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Tony Abbott says Australia was 'unsettled' before British arrived
2014-07-03
“Our country is unimaginable without foreign investment,” Fairfax Media reported Abbott saying. “I guess our country owes its existence to a form of foreign investment by the British government in the then unsettled or, um, scarcely settled, Great ...
(The Guardian)
  1. We will pass reform budget, says Tony Abbott
  2. Bob Hawke is Labor's greatest PM, says Tony Abbott
  3. Tony Abbott Reckons Australia Wasn't Settled Before The British Arrived

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Senate could block Tony Abbott's bid to unleash Australian Building and ...
2014-07-03
Tony Abbott's plan to restore the building industry watchdog, a key plank of the government's workplace reform policy, faces an uncertain path through the new Senate, with just two of the eight crossbenchers prepared to pledge their vote to restoring ...
(Sydney Morning Herald)
  1. New senators face fast-paced climate

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