Malcolm Turnbull

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The Honourable
Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for Communications
Assumed office
18 September 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Preceded by Anthony Albanese
31st Leader of the Opposition
In office
16 September 2008 – 1 December 2009
Deputy Julie Bishop
Preceded by Brendan Nelson
Succeeded by Tony Abbott
20th Minister for the Environment and Water Resources
In office
23 January 2007 – 3 December 2007
Preceded by Ian Campbell
Succeeded by Peter Garrett & Penny Wong
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wentworth
Assumed office
9 October 2004
Preceded by Peter King
Majority 3.85%[1]
Personal details
Born 24 October 1954 (1954-10-24) (age 60)
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Lucy Turnbull née Hughes
Children Alexander and Daisy

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull[2] (born 24 October 1954) is an Australian politician who is the Minister for Communications in the government of Australia under Prime Minister Tony Abbott since 18 September 2013. 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 December 1, 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. "2007 Election guide to Bradfield". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007-12-29. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
  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.