Malcolm Bligh Turnbull (born 24 October 1954) is an Australian politician serving as the 29th and current Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since 2015. He was previously Leader of the Opposition from 2008 to 2009.
Turnbull graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws, before attending Brasenose College, Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a Bachelor of Civil Law. For over two decades prior to entering politics, Turnbull worked as a journalist, lawyer, merchant banker, and venture capitalist.
Turnbull served as Chair of the Australian Republican Movement from 1993 to 2000 and was one of the leaders of the unsuccessful “Yes” campaign in the 1999 republic referendum. He was first elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of Wentworth in New South Wales at the 2004 federal election and was Minister for the Environment and Water from January 2007 until December 2007.
After coming second in the 2007 leadership election, Turnbull won the leadership of the Liberal Party in September 2008 and became Leader of the Opposition. However, his support of the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme proposed by the Rudd Government in December 2009 led to a leadership challenge by Tony Abbott, who defeated Turnbull by a single vote. Though initially planning to leave politics after this, Turnbull chose to stay and was later appointed Minister for Communications in the Abbott Government following the 2013 federal election.
On 14 September 2015, citing consistently poor opinion polling for the government, Turnbull resigned from the Cabinet and challenged Abbott, reclaiming the leadership of the Liberal Party by ten votes. He was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia the following day. At the 2016 federal election, Turnbull led the Coalition to victory by a single seat, the smallest majority since the 1961 federal election.
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|Real Name||Malcolm Bligh Turnbull|
|Political Journey||• In 1997 Malcolm was elected to attend the Australian Constitutional Convention. He headed the Republican case in that Convention and in the subsequent referendum.
• Malcolm had commenced numerous policy and research projects in areas such as education, indigenous affairs, home ownership affordability, balancing work and family responsibilities and national population and fertility policy. He was Chairman of the Menzies Research Centre between 2002 and 2004.
• At the Federal election on 9 October 2004, Malcolm was elected as the Member of Wentworth and having entered Parliament, he joined the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade as well as the House of Representatives Standing Committees on Economics, Health and Ageing and Legal and Constitutional Affairs.
• On 27 January 2006, Malcolm was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and just over twelve months later, he was appointed to Cabinet as the Minister for Environment and Water Resources; a position he held till the next Federal Election in November 2007.
• On 6 December 2007, Malcolm was appointed as Shadow Treasurer and following a leadership ballot in September 2008, he was elected by his colleagues to lead the Liberal Party as Leader of the Opposition, a position held until 1 December 2009.
• From September 2013 to September 2015, he managed the Ministry of Communication.
• He was elected the leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister on 14 September 2015 and was re-elected for the post of the Prime Minister of Australia at the Federal Election on 2 July 2016.
|Biggest Rival||Bill Shorten (Labor Party)|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx)||in centimeters- 178 cm
in meters- 1.78 m
in Feet-Inches- 5’ 8”
|Weight (approx)||in Kilograms- 72 kg
in Pounds- 158 lbs
|Eye Colour||Light Brown|
|Date of Birth||24 October 1954|
|Age (as in 2018)||64 Years|
|Birth Place||Sydney, Australia|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Scorpio|
|School||Vaucluse Public School, St Ives preparatory school at Sydney Grammar School|
|College||University of Sydney, Brasenose College, University of Oxford|
|Educational Qualifications||Degrees in Political Science and Law|
|Family||Father– Bruce Bligh Turnbull
Mother– Coral Lansbury
|Address||The Lodge, Canberra|
|Controversies||• In 2014, Malcolm Turnbull attacked publication of ‘salacious’ material in Nova Peris controversy.
• In 2016, He said that he regretted hosting homophobic Islamic cleric Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman Iftar dinner.
Boys, Affairs and More
|Spouse||Lucy Turnbull (m. 1980)|
|Children||Son– Alex Turnbull
Daughter– Daisy Turnbull
|Net Worth||$133 million|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Malcolm Turnbull
- Does Malcolm Turnbull smoke?: Yes
- Does Malcolm Turnbull drink Alcohol?: Yes
- Turnbull’s maternal grandmother, May Lansbury, was born in England.
- Turnbull’s father served as a hotel broker. Turnbull’s mother was a radio actor, a writer.
- His Mother Coral Lansbury was the second cousin of the British film and television actress, Angela Lansbury.
- Turnbull faced asthma as a young child. Turnbull’s parents divorced when he was nine years old with Turnbull’s mother leaving first to New Zealand, and then to the United States.
- Turnbull was then raised by his father. Turnbull is of direct paternal Scottish descent; his great-great-great grandfather John Turnbull (1751-1834) immigrated to New South Wales in 1802 and became a tailor.
- Malcolm Turnbull is the 29th and current Premier of Australia and the Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia. He took both offices after defeating Tony Abbott in a leadership spill on 14 September 2015.
- Turnbull worked in both personal and managerial positions as a journalist, a lawyer, a merchant banker, a venture capitalist, and Chairman of the Australian Republican Movement prior to 1997.
- Turnbull bought a stake of internet service provider Ozemail in 1994 for $500,000 and sold his stake just months before the dot com bubble burst for $57 million in 1999.
- On 1 January 2001, he received Centenary Medal, for services to the corporate sector.
- In 2004, he was elected to the House of Representative for the seat of Wentworth in New South Wales.
- In 2007, he served as the Minister for the Environment and Water for short period of time when John Howard was the Prime Minister of Australia.
- In 2016, he became the 29th Prime Minister of Australia.
- In 2005, the combined net worth of Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull was assessed at A$133 million, that made him Australia’s Richest parliamentarian.
- Malcolm Turnbull made the BRW Rich 200 list for the second year running in 2010. In 2014, he was not listed in the BRW Rich 200. In 2015, his net worth exceeded A$200 million.
- Some years ago, he became a novelist. He tried to finish a novel started by his late mother, Coral Lansbury, called Opium.