Agence France-PresseSeptember 18, 2013 02:10
Australia's new conservative leader Tony Abbott, who ditched his "Mad Monk" tag and softened his macho image to win office, is a former trainee Catholic priest, boxing enthusiast and monarchist.
Abbott fulfilled a long-held ambition Wednesday when he was sworn in as prime minister in Canberra, 11 days after winning a comprehensive victory in national polls that ended six years of Labor rule .
"We will strive to govern for all Australians," said Abbott. "We will do our best not to leave anyone behind."