Tony Abbott

ISPS HANDA Patron
Former Prime Minister of Australia

As former Prime Minister of Australia, I had the honour of leading a country for whom sport is woven into the very fabric of our national psyche.

Whether through the gallant efforts of the Wallabies at this year’s Rugby World Cup in Tokyo, or across cricket, football and at the Olympic Games, sport brings Australia together through common aims of camaraderie and the pursuit of sporting success.

Biography

Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister of Australia on September 7, 2013 and served for two years.

In his time as PM, free trade agreements were finalised with China, Japan and Korea; the biggest federally-funded infrastructure program in Australian history commenced; and Australia hosted the G20 meeting of global leaders in Brisbane in November 2014. As opposition leader at the 2010 election, he reduced a first-term Labor government to minority status before comprehensively winning the 2013 election.

Between 1996 and 2007, Abbott was successively Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Minister, and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Howard government. He also held positions of Health Minister and of Employment Minister. Tony Abbott served as the Member for Warringah in the Australian parliament between 1994 and 2019. As the local MP, he was instrumental in the creation of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust to preserve the natural and built heritage of his electorate and elsewhere.

Prior to entering parliament, he was a journalist with The Australian, a senior adviser to opposition leader John Hewson, and director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy. He has degrees in economics and law from Sydney University and in politics and philosophy from Oxford which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of three books: The Minimal Monarchy (1995), How to Win the Constitutional War (1997), and Battlelines (2009).

Since 1998, he has convened the Pollie Pedal annual charity bike ride which has raised nearly $7 million for organisations such as Soldier On, Carers Australia, and other charities. He still does surf patrols with the Queenscliff Surf Life Saving Club and serves as a Deputy Captain with the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade.

He is married to Margaret and they are the parents of three daughters – Louise, Frances and Bridget.