Tony Abbott http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/63293/all en Tony Abbott sheds 'Mad Monk' image for run at Lodge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130804/tony-abbott-sheds-mad-monk-image-run-at-lodge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Once dubbed the 'Mad Monk', gaffe-prone Tony Abbott has softened his macho image and turned around his conservative party's fortunes for the September 7 election he hopes will make him Australia's leader.</p> <p>The former trainee Catholic priest, boxing enthusiast and monarchist has in the past been known as a political hard man of the Liberal Party, unafraid of speaking his mind.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130804/tony-abbott-sheds-mad-monk-image-run-at-lodge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Religion Sports Tony Abbott AFP Sun, 04 Aug 2013 10:46:47 +0000 5901911 at http://www.globalpost.com Abbott vows to be Australia's 'PM for Aborigines' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130810/abbott-vows-be-australias-pm-aborigines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian conservative leader Tony Abbott pledged Saturday to spend one week every year in a remote indigenous community if elected, saying he wanted to be the "prime minister for Aboriginal affairs".</p> <p>Abbott said he wanted to make Australia's most disadvantaged minority his top priority were he to win national elections on September 7, unveiling a new policy to promote private ownership of some communal Aboriginal land.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130810/abbott-vows-be-australias-pm-aborigines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics Politics of Australia Social Issues Tony Abbott AFP Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:07:08 +0000 5906815 at http://www.globalpost.com Abbott vows to be Australia's 'PM for Aborigines' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130810/abbott-vows-be-australias-pm-aborigines-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian conservative leader Tony Abbott pledged Saturday to spend one week every year in a remote indigenous community if elected, saying he wanted to be the "prime minister for Aboriginal affairs".</p> <p>Abbott said he wanted to make Australia's most disadvantaged minority his top priority were he to win national elections on September 7, unveiling a new policy to promote private ownership of some communal Aboriginal land.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130810/abbott-vows-be-australias-pm-aborigines-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics Politics of Australia Social Issues Technology Tony Abbott AFP Sat, 10 Aug 2013 13:33:06 +0000 5906864 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Abbott in 'sex appeal' blunder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/australias-abbott-sex-appeal-blunder <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's opposition leader, accused last year of misogyny in a blistering speech by then-prime minister Julia Gillard, was under fire Tuesday after touting the "sex appeal" of an election candidate.</p> <p>Tony Abbott, currently the frontrunner to become next prime minister in September 7 polls, made the remark while campaigning with his conservative Liberal Party's candidate in western Sydney, Fiona Scott.</p> <p>Abbott was asked about similarities between Scott and the woman who formerly held the seat, Jackie Kelly.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/australias-abbott-sex-appeal-blunder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Human Interest Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:34:01 +0000 5908688 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian election campaigners clash on costings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/australian-election-campaigners-clash-costings-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Tuesday increased pressure on the conservative opposition to reveal its policy costings, as the economy was judged the number one issue in next month's election.</p> <p>Prime Minister Kevin Rudd used the release of independent Treasury figures broadly in line with his government's forecasts to urge Liberal/National opposition leader Tony Abbott to reveal what his policies would cost and where cuts would be made.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/australian-election-campaigners-clash-costings-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Parliament of Australia Politics Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:01:43 +0000 5908760 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian election campaigners clash on costings http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/australian-election-campaigners-clash-costings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Tuesday increased pressure on the conservative opposition to reveal its policy costings, as the economy was judged the number one issue in next month's election.</p> <p>Prime Minister Kevin Rudd used the release of independent Treasury figures broadly in line with his government's forecasts to urge Liberal/National opposition leader Tony Abbott to reveal what his policies would cost and where cuts would be made.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130813/australian-election-campaigners-clash-costings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Parliament of Australia Politics Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:01:43 +0000 5908759 at http://www.globalpost.com 'No place' for sexism in Australia: PM Rudd http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130814/no-place-sexism-australia-pm-rudd <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday said there was "no place" for sexism, racism or homophobia in Australia as election rival Tony Abbott laughed off his touting of a candidate's sex appeal.</p> <p>Abbott came under fire after praising the female conservative colleague while campaigning in western Sydney on Tuesday, renewing debate over misogyny in Australia which raged during former leader Julia Gillard's time in office.</p> <p>Rudd, who ousted Gillard as Labor leader in June, condemned the remarks. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130814/no-place-sexism-australia-pm-rudd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government of Australia Labor Law Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:48:01 +0000 5909539 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Abbott campaigns for change http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130825/australias-abbott-campaigns-change <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott, frontrunner to become prime minister in upcoming polls, Sunday urged voters to dump the Labor government he said was the worst in the nation's history.</p> <p>Opinion polls suggest Abbott is on course for victory against Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the September 7 elections, and at his Liberal Party's major rally in Brisbane, he called on voters to give him a chance.</p> <p>"You don't expect miracles; just a government that is competent and trustworthy and a prime minister who doesn't talk down to you," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130825/australias-abbott-campaigns-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:46:08 +0000 5917244 at http://www.globalpost.com Abbott campaigns to oust Australia's 'worst government' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130825/abbott-campaigns-oust-australias-worst-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott, frontrunner to become prime minister in upcoming polls, urged voters Sunday to dump the Labor government which he described as the worst in the nation's history.</p> <p>Opinion polls suggest Abbott is on course for victory against Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in the September 7 elections, and at his Liberal Party's major rally in Brisbane, he called on voters to give him a chance.</p> <p>"You don't expect miracles, just a government that is competent and trustworthy and a prime minister who doesn't talk down to you," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130825/abbott-campaigns-oust-australias-worst-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Sun, 25 Aug 2013 11:16:36 +0000 5917267 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian PM questions opponent's worldly credentials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130828/australian-pm-questions-opponents-worldly-credentials-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday attacked election rival Tony Abbott's suitability to be a world leader handling complex international crises, 10 days ahead of national elections.</p> <p>Labor's Rudd, a former foreign minister who is trailing his conservative opponent in the run-up to September 7 polls, gave a scathing assessment of Abbott's ability to deal with difficult diplomatic issues such as Syria.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130828/australian-pm-questions-opponents-worldly-credentials-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Kevin Rudd Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Wed, 28 Aug 2013 11:39:25 +0000 5919641 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Abbott set to inherit economy others would envy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130904/australias-abbott-set-inherit-economy-others-would-envy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Wayne Cole</p> <p>SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's presumptive prime minister, Tony Abbott, is set to inherit a slowing economy, rising unemployment and a budget in the red. Yet look out to a three-year election horizon, and the view is a lot better.</p> <p>Abbott's conservative Liberal-National coalition appears to be a shoe-in at elections this weekend, ending six years of Labor rule, and all the talk has been of the challenges he faces.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130904/australias-abbott-set-inherit-economy-others-would-envy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economics Macroeconomics Recessions Technology Tony Abbott Thomson Reuters Wed, 04 Sep 2013 21:18:20 +0000 5924655 at http://www.globalpost.com Abbott loses 'Mad Monk' image as office beckons http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130907/abbott-loses-mad-monk-image-office-beckons <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The frontrunner to be Australia's next prime minister has ditched his "Mad Monk" tag and softened his macho image to turn around his conservative party's fortunes and steer them towards likely victory in Saturday's election.</p> <p>Tony Abbott, a former trainee Catholic priest, boxing enthusiast and monarchist, has in the past been known as a political hard man of the Liberal Party, unafraid of speaking his mind and occasionally tripping up on a gaffe.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130907/abbott-loses-mad-monk-image-office-beckons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Politics of Australia Sports Tony Abbott AFP Sat, 07 Sep 2013 06:31:43 +0000 5926940 at http://www.globalpost.com New Australian leader Abbott vows 'trustworthy' government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130907/new-australian-leader-abbott-vows-trustworthy-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Australia's Tony Abbott on Saturday promised to provide a "trustworthy, competent" government after winning a resounding victory in national polls which ended six years of Labor government. </p> <p>"I can inform you that the government of Australia has changed," Abbott told cheering supporters at a Sydney hotel.</p> <p>"For just the seventh time in 60 years the government of Australia has changed.</p> <p>"And from today, I declare that Australia is under new management and that Australia is once more open for business."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130907/new-australian-leader-abbott-vows-trustworthy-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Parliament of Australia Politics of Australia Tony Abbott AFP Sat, 07 Sep 2013 16:46:39 +0000 5927285 at http://www.globalpost.com Intruder poses security scare for new Australian PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/intruder-poses-security-scare-new-australian-pm <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An intruder who climbed on stage with Australia's next prime minister Tony Abbott and his family on victory night is an anti-coal activist who calls himself Twiggy Palmcock, reports said Sunday.</p> <p>The young man joined Abbott, his wife Margie and their three daughters after the Liberal leader had given a triumphant speech at a luxury Sydney hotel following Saturday's national polls.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/intruder-poses-security-scare-new-australian-pm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Technology Tony Abbott Tony Abbott AFP Sun, 08 Sep 2013 05:02:13 +0000 5927573 at http://www.globalpost.com Intruder poses security scare for new Australian PM http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/intruder-poses-security-scare-new-australian-pm-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An intruder who climbed on stage with Australia's next prime minister Tony Abbott and his family on victory night is an anti-coal activist who calls himself Twiggy Palmcock, reports said Sunday.</p> <p>The young man joined Abbott, his wife Margie and their three daughters after the Liberal leader had given a triumphant speech at a luxury Sydney hotel following Saturday's national polls.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130908/intruder-poses-security-scare-new-australian-pm-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government of Australia Members of the Australian House of Representatives Technology Tony Abbott Twiggy AFP Sun, 08 Sep 2013 05:32:13 +0000 5927598 at http://www.globalpost.com