Tony Abbott is an Australian Liberal politician who was born on 4 November 1957, in London. His parents moved back to Australia in 1960, and settled in Chatswood. Tony Abbott went to the University of Sydney, where he graduated first with a Bachelor of Economics, later with a Bachelor of Laws, then with a Master of Arts. Whilst at university, Tony Abbott was heavily involved with the political scene and was an active member of student politics. Before entering politics he considered priesthood, even going as far as entering St Patrick’s Seminary, but eventually decided not to go ahead with the career choice.
In March 1994, Tony Abbott entered the Australian House of Representatives for the Warringah division. He started as Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs from 1996-1998, before progressing to the role of Minister for Employment Services, a role which he served in until 2001. That same year, Tony Abbott also handled the portfolio of Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Small Business, as well as Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations.
Tony Abbott has faced several controversies throughout his career. He has always been known a conservative Catholic as well as a forceful debater. He has made it a priority to attempt to reduce the number of abortions performed annually, regarding the issue as a national tragedy on par with the low life expectancy of Aboriginals. He also caused a stir and attracted much criticism in 2007 after delaying the funding for cancer diagnostic equipment.
Also in 2007, Tony Abbott received much media attention after publicly swearing, not once but twice. Later that year, he ran for the position of Party Leader following the rejection of Peter Costello’s application. Tony Abbott later withdrew from the election as he did not have enough support. In December 2007, he was given the Shadow Portfolio of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.