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MALCOLM TURNBULL sworn in as the 29th PRIME MINISTER of AUSTRALIA By: Manny Diel

MALCOLM  BLIGH TURNBULL, was sworn in as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia  by Governor Peter Cosgrove in a ceremony at the government house in Canberra  on  15th of September after winning the Leadership spill on the 14th of September  defeating the former Prime Minister Tony Abbott  54-44  described by the  former Federal Treasurer Peter Costello  as “a big execution”.

  The former Prime Minister Abbott who will miss on the entitlements of former Prime Ministers for serving just about four days short of the required two year service requirement has  admitted the  snakes and ladders of politics but will,  at the moment sit on the back bench. He claimed  amongst his Government’s achievements to include “Stop the Boat”, 300,000 new jobs,  Free Trade Agreement with China, Japan and Korea, Small Business Tax Package and the approval of 12,000 refugees from Syria and Iraq and the first Prime Minister to visit remote aboriginal areas in Australia.

  Prime Minister Turnbull  unveiled his Generational Change new Cabinet,  with Julie Bishop, the main supporter of Malcolm Turnbull in the leadership spill,  retaining her  role as Deputy and Minster of Foreign Affairs, Scott Morrison, Treasurer  replacing Joe Hockey, Marise Payne,  the first female Defense Minister replacing Kevin Andrews. He also  expanded the ministries from 19 to 21 and included 5 women in the Cabinet.    The other ministers dumped  were Eric Abetz, Ian Mcfarlane, Bruce Billson and Michael Ronaldson. 

  His new agenda focus will be on innovation,  science and technology and tax reforms although details have yet to be announced. Prime Minister Turnbull who supports  same sex marriage will address the issue by letting the  people vote  after the next election.  He will also stick  to the Coalition’s climate change policies and  also committed to continue the resources devoted to overseas aid  dollars and in percentage of gross national income.

  Prime Minister Turnbull is the  richest Parliamentarian before Clive Palmer was elected to the Federal Parliament  with a combined networth of AUD $133 million in 2005  with his wife Lucy Turnbull.  a businesswoman and former Lord Mayor of Sydney. His political career started  by winning the Blue Ribbon Seat of Wentworth in 2004.

  Briefly,  he became the  Minister for the Environment and Water under the Howard Government in 2007, elected Liberal Leader in September 2008 and  became  Leader of the Opposition in November 2009. His support for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme proposed by Labor split the Liberal Party and subsequently  lost to Tony Abbott by one vote in a  ballot the following month. 

  After the  loss,  he initially intended  to leave politics but decided to  remain as an MP and eventually became Minister for Communication in the Abbott Government in Sept 2013.

  Before politics, Turnbull was a  Journalist, a  lawyer, investment banker and venture capitalist.. He also Chaired  Republican Movement from 1993 to 2000.

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