Australia’s conservative party leader Tony Abbott becomes the nation’s 28th prime minister after a landslide victory over Kevin Rudd in the 2013 federal elections held on 7th September.
In his victory speech in front of a cheering crowd, the new prime minister said he was ready to serve the nation and declared “From today, I declare that Australia is under new management and that Australia is once more open for business”.
Kevin Rudd resigned as the Labor leader after conceding defeat. “I gave it my all but it was not enough for us to win,” Mr.Rudd said in front of his crowd of supporters in Brisbane.
Few Interesting Facts About Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott was born in London, England on 4th November 1957. His mother, Fay Abbott is an Australian while his father, Richard Henry Abbott is English. Their family moved to Australia as migrants in September of 1960.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. In addition, he completed his Master of Arts (MA) in Politics and Philosophy in Britain from The Queen’s College, Oxford.
Relationship with Asia
The new government is set to adopt an ‘Asia-first‘ approach and a deeper relationship with countries in the region. “We will work cooperatively within our neighborhood to make existing institutions work better to serve the national interest and the interests of our region rather than creating new ones”, the Coalition stated.
As the change of government marks the end of the six-year ruling of the Labor Party, we can expect some changes in the immigration policy.
The new Minister for Immigration is yet to be announced but so far, the result of the election is positive for skilled migrants and employers as the Liberal Party will continue to be ‘pro-immigration.
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