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ABBOTT, the Hon. Anthony (Tony) John ACBiography for ABBOTT, the Hon. Anthony (Tony) John AC

Member for Warringah (NSW)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Warringah, New South Wales at by-election 1994, vice the Hon. M MacKellar (resigned). Re-elected 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Defeated at general elections 2019.

Parties Represented

Liberal Party of Australia. Served: 26.03.1994 to 18.05.2019

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs from 11.3.1996 to 21.10.1998.

Minister for Employment Services from 21.10.1998 to 30.1.2001.

Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business from 30.1.2001 to 26.11.2001.

Cabinet Minister from 30.1.2001 to 3.12.2007.

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations from 26.11.2001 to 7.10.2003.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service from 26.11.2001 to 7.10.2003.

Minister for Health and Ageing from 7.10.2003 to 3.12.2007.

Prime Minister from 18.9.2013 to 15.9.2015.

Cabinet Minister from 18.9.2013 to 15.9.2015.

Shadow Minister for Families, Community Services, Indigenous Affairs and the Voluntary Sector from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Shadow Cabinet Minister from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs from 22.9.2008 to 1.12.2009.

Leader of the Opposition from 1.12.2009 to 18.9.2013.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Leader of the House from 12.2.2002 to 17.10.2007.

Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 1.12.2009 to 14.9.2015.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Select: Address in Reply served from 12.11.2013 to 13.11.2013

House of Representatives Standing: Banking, Finance and Public Administration served from 5.5.1994 to 29.1.1996; Family, Community, Housing and Youth served from 11.3.2008 to 3.2.2010; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs served from 11.3.2008 to 3.2.2010

Qualifications and Occupations

BEc (University of Sydney).

LLB (University of Sydney).

MA (University of Oxford).

Rhodes Scholar.


Plant Manager for Pioneer Concrete.

Press secretary and political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr J Hewson from 1990 to 1993.

Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy from 1993 to 1994.


Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, 7.6.2020.


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.

The brother countries, Sir Robert Menzies Lecture Trust, Melbourne: 2004.

Battlelines, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Vic.: 2009.

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

Our common challenges: strengthening security in the region, ISEAS Publishing, Singapore: 2015.


Name: Warringah

Location: Northern Sydney; it includes the suburbs of Allambie Heights, Balgowlah, Brookvale, Cremorne Point, Curl Curl, Fairlight, Forestville (part), Frenchs Forest (part), Killarney Heights, Manly, Manly Vale, Mosman, Neutral Bay, Queenscliff and Seaforth.

Area: 68 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 102,645 (at 2.7.2016)

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

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


Born: 4.11.1957, London, England

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married