Malcolm Turnbull

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The Honourable
Malcolm Turnbull
MP
29th Prime Minister of Australia
Incumbent
Assumed office
15 September 2015
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Tony Abbott
Leader of the Liberal Party
Incumbent
Assumed office
14 September 2015
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Tony Abbott
In office
16 September 2008 – 1 December 2009
Preceded by Brendan Nelson
Succeeded by Tony Abbott
Minister for Communications
In office
18 September 2013 – 14 September 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Anthony Albanese
Succeeded by Vacant
Leader of the Opposition
In office
16 September 2008 – 1 December 2009
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Brendan Nelson
Succeeded by Tony Abbott
Minister for the Environment and Water
In office
30 January 2007 – 3 December 2007
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Ian Campbell
Succeeded by Peter Garrett
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wentworth
Incumbent
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded by Peter King
Personal details
Born Malcolm Bligh Turnbull
24 October 1954 (1954-10-24) (age 62)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political party Liberal Party
Other political
affiliations
Coalition
Spouse(s) Lucy Hughes
Children Alex
Daisy
Alma mater University of Sydney
Brasenose College, Oxford
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
Website Official website

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull[2] (born 24 October 1954) is an Australian politician. He is the leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of Australia. He was Minister for Communications in the government of Australia under Prime Minister Tony Abbott from 18 September 2013 until 14 September 2015. Turnbull is also the former Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament, and former leader of the Liberal Party, succeeding Brendan Nelson on 16 September 2008.

He lost the leadership positions on 1 December 2009, by one vote to Tony Abbott. Turnbull had agreed to allow the government's emissions trading scheme (ETS) to pass through the parliament. This was opposed by many people in the Liberal Party who argued that an ETS was unnecessary.[3] Other people in the party thought an ETS would harm Australia's coal exports. Others in the party did not like the way that Turnbull managed the arguments within his party.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Malcolm Turnbull interview with Belinda Hawkins". ABC Australia. August 3, 2009. http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2007/s2645849.htm.
  2. "Passage to wild colonial days: The Hawkesbury has rich links to our nation's pioneers" (Escape, p34), John Rozentals in the Sunday Telegraph, 2009-08-16, noting 'Bligh' comes from great-great-great-grandfather John Turnbull who has "so incensed by the treatment of governor William Bligh during the Rum Rebellion that he named one of his sons William Bligh Turnbull in his honour. It's a tradition that has continued right down to..." Malcolm Bligh Turnbull.
  3. Davis, Mark (November 30, 2009). "Turnbull swings at Lib "wreckers"" (in English). The Age. pp. 4.