The Hon. Tony Abbott
Former Prime Minister of Australia & Keynote Speaker
Tony Abbott served as Prime Minister of Australia from 2013 to 2015, and was a Member for Warringah in the Australian Parliament from 1994 until 2019. During his time as Prime Minister, Mr Abbott introduced legislation to repeal carbon tax and to stop illegal maritime arrivals. His government created over 300,000 jobs and oversaw the signing of free trade agreements with Japan, South Korea and China.
Renowned as being a strong leader and an engaging personality, Mr Abbott travels in Australia and internationally to speak to associations, colleges, universities, and corporations. Drawing on many years as an influencer on the world stage, he provides candid analysis of the most complex and critical issues facing us today. The issues he speaks about include terrorism and security in the 21st Century, including the threat of ISIS and pervasive religious fundamentalism; leadership; the global economy; global trade; and the future of Asia.
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Tony Abbott was elected Prime Minister by the Australian people on 7 September 2013 and served for two years.
In his time as Prime Minister, the carbon tax and the mining tax were repealed; free trade agreements were finalised with China, Japan and Korea; and the people smuggling trade from Indonesia to Australia was halted. Australia became the second largest military contributor to the US-led campaign against ISIL in Iraq and hosted the G20 meeting of global leaders in Brisbane in November 2014.
In 2014 and again in 2015, he spent a week running the government from a remote indigenous community.
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, he was successively parliamentary secretary, minister, cabinet minister and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Howard government.
As Minister for Health, he expanded Medicare to include dentists, psychologists and other health professionals and resolved the medical indemnity crisis.
As Minister for Workplace Relations, he boosted construction industry productivity through the establishment of a royal commission against union lawlessness.
As Minister for Employment Services, he developed private-sector job placement services and Work for the Dole for long-term unemployed people.
Tony Abbott has been Member for Warringah in the Australian Parliament since 1994 and 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.
In the Morrison government, he currently serves as Special Envoy for Indigenous Affairs.
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.
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 in the Davidson Rural Fire Brigade.
He is married to Margaret and they are the parents of three daughters – Louise, Frances and Bridget.
Mr. Abbott was extremely well received. Of his own volition, and without any contractual obligation to do so, he came to portions of both days of the conference and listened to some of the other speakers. He is a class act and exactly the kind of speaker whom any conference organizer would love to have, in addition to being extremely friendly and approachable.