Malcolm Turnbull

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Malcolm Turnbull

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29th Prime Minister of Australia
In office
15 September 2015 – 24 August 2018
DeputyWarren Truss
Barnaby Joyce
Michael McCormack
Preceded byTony Abbott
Succeeded byScott Morrison
Leader of the Liberal Party
In office
14 September 2015 – 24 August 2018
DeputyJulie Bishop
Preceded byTony Abbott
Succeeded byScott Morrison
In office
16 September 2008 – 1 December 2009
Preceded byBrendan Nelson
Succeeded byTony Abbott
Minister for Communications
In office
18 September 2013 – 14 September 2015
Prime MinisterTony Abbott
Preceded byAnthony Albanese
Succeeded byMitch Fifield
Leader of the Opposition
In office
16 September 2008 – 1 December 2009
DeputyJulie Bishop
Preceded byBrendan Nelson
Succeeded byTony Abbott
Minister for the Environment and Water
In office
30 January 2007 – 3 December 2007
Prime MinisterJohn Howard
Preceded byIan Campbell
Succeeded byPeter Garrett
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wentworth
In office
9 October 2004 – 31 August 2018
Preceded byPeter King
Succeeded byKerryn Phelps
Personal details
Malcolm Bligh Turnbull

(1954-10-24) 24 October 1954 (age 67)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party
Other political
Spouse(s)Lucy Hughes
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Brasenose College, Oxford
WebsiteOfficial website

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull[1] (born 24 October 1954) is an Australian politician. He was 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.[2] 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.

Turnbull was elected in his full-term Prime Minister position in the 2016 federal election. He resigned in August 2018 following a leadership challenge in the Liberal Party where Scott Morrison was elected as the party's leader and eventual Prime Minister.

References[change | change source]

  1. "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.
  2. Davis, Mark (November 30, 2009). "Turnbull swings at Lib "wreckers"". The Age. p. 4.

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