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ABBOTT, the Hon. Anthony (Tony) JohnBiography for ABBOTT, the Hon. Anthony (Tony) John

Member for Warringah (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Warringah, New South Wales at by-election 26.3.1994 vice the Hon. MJR MacKellar (resigned). Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs from 11.3.96 to 21.10.98.

Minister for Employment Services from 21.10.98 to 30.1.01.

Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 30.1.01 to 26.11.01.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 26.11.01 to 7.10.03.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 26.11.01 to 7.10.03.

Minister for Health and Ageing from 7.10.03 to 3.12.07.

Prime Minister from 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 5.5.94 to 29.1.96; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs from 11.3.08 to 3.2.10; Family, Community, Housing and Youth from 11.3.08 to 3.2.10.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Official visits to New Zealand, April 1999; UK and Switzerland, April-May 2002; France and UK, September-October 2003; Canada, October 2005; New Zealand, April 2006; Japan, Indonesia, China and Japan, June-July 2006; Indonesia, March 2007; China, April 2007; UK and United Arab Emirates, October 2010; Japan, December 2010; New Zealand, March 2011; UK, United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan, November 2011; USA and China, July 2012; Indonesia, October 2012; United Arab Emirates and UK, December 2012; Indonesia, September-October 2013; Indonesia and Brunei, October 2013; Afghanistan, October 2013; United Arab Emirates November 2013; Sri Lanka, November 2013; USA January 2014; South Africa, December 2013; Switzerland, January 2014; Papua New Guinea, March 2014; Japan, South Korea and China, April 2014; Indonesia and Japan May 2014; Indonesia, France, Canada and USA, June 2014; Netherlands and UK, August 2014; India and Malaysia, September 2014; USA, September 2014; Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, October 2014; China, November 2014.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the House from 12.2.02 to 17.10.07.

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and the Voluntary Sector from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 22.9.08 to 1.12.09.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 1.12.09.

Leader of the Opposition from 1.12.09 to 18.9.13.


Born 4.11.1957, London, UK.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BEc, LLB (Syd), MA (Oxon).

Rhodes Scholar.


Plant Manager, Pioneer Concrete.

Press secretary and political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr JR Hewson 1990-93.

Executive Director, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy 1993-94.


The minimal monarchy: and why it still makes sense for Australia, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, SA, 1995.

How to win the constitutional war and give both sides what they want, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy in association with Wakefield Press, 1997.

Battlelines, Melbourne University Press, 2009.

A strong Australia: the values, directions and policy priorities of the next Coalition Government, Bambra Press, Melbourne, 2012.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Allambie, Allambie Heights, Balgowlah, Balgowlah Heights, Balmoral, Beacon Hill, Beauty Point, Brookvale, Cremorne, Curl Curl, Fairlight, Forestville, Freshwater, Killarney Heights, Manly, Manly Vale, Mosman, Queenscliff, Seaforth and parts of Beacon Hill, Dee Why, Frenchs Forest and Narraweena.

Area: 73 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 102 672 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: Manufacturing, construction, retail, professional, scientific and technical services, health care and social assistance, service and leisure industries.

State electorates: Warringah includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Manly, and parts of North Shore, Wakehurst and Willoughby.