Mal­colm Turn­bull

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Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia

Mal­colm Turn­bull is an Aus­tralian politi­cian and the cur­rent Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia. Let's take a look at his child­hood, fam­ily, per­sonal life, ca­reer, achieve­ments, and some fun facts. Mal­colm Turn­bull is an Aus­tralian politi­cian and the cur­rent and over­all the 29th Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia. He is the leader of Lib­eral Party of Aus­tralia. A multi-tal­ented per­son­al­ity, Turn­bull stud­ied Arts and Laws in col­lege and was en­gaged in many dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sions be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics, only to slowly climb his way up to the top. He has worked as a busi­ness­man and a banker in the past, and col­lected a wealth worth sev­eral mil­lions to be­come one of the rich­est peo­ple in Aus­tralia. In the 2004 Fed­eral elec­tions, he was elected to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Went­worth and later be­came the leader of op­po­si­tion. His in­flu­ence and re­spect among his fol­low­ers made it smooth for him to be­come the Na­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter un­der the Tony Ab­bott gov­ern­ment. In Septem­ber 2015, Turn­bull re­signed from his post as the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter and in the lead­er­ship bal­lot chal­lenge, he de­feated Ab­bott by 10 votes and be­came the Prime Min­is­ter. In Jan­uary 2001, Mal­colm was hon­oured with the Cen­te­nary Medal for his in­cred­i­ble ser­vices to the cor­po­rate sec­tor as a busi­ness­man.

Child­hood & Early Life:

Mal­colm Turn­bull was born in Syd­ney on 24th Oc­to­ber 1954 to a ho­tel bro­ker fa­ther, Bruce, and to an ac­tor/writer mother who di­vorced his fa­ther when Mal­colm was nine years old. The sep­a­ra­tion of his par­ents had a neg­a­tive im­pact on Mal­colm and around that time, he caught Asthma. His mother made a move to Eng­land and Mal­colm had to stay with his fa­ther back in Aus­tralia. Mal­colm was an ex­cel­lent stu­dent while in school and his teach­ers de­scribed him as one of the most ‘gifted’ kids they had ever come across. Mal­colm ex­celled in English and his­tory. How­ever, he was more in­ter­ested in the very re­cent his­tory and read a lot about World Wars and the con­stantly shift­ing po­lit­i­cal sce­nario around the world in those years and right around his high school years, he made up his mind to study art. Mal­colm at­tended the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and did his Bach­e­lors in Art, then did ma­jor in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence. His first tryst with pol­i­tics hap­pened in col­lege when he be­came board di­rec­tor of the stu­dents union. He also did po­lit­i­cal jour­nal­ism for pub­li­ca­tions such as Na­tion Re­view and cov­ered the lo­cal po­lit­i­cal sce­nario for them. In 1978, Mal­colm at­tended Brasenose Col­lege, Ox­ford, on

a schol­ar­ship and stud­ied Civil Law, fin­ish­ing a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in 1980. Dur­ing his col­lege, he started work­ing with ‘The Sun­day Times’ and also con­trib­uted to mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers in the US and Aus­tralia. He was an in­spir­ing fig­ure to other stu­dents and a hard work­ing young man, con­stantly chal­leng­ing the norms. Any­one could tell that he was des­tined to achieve great suc­cess in later life, which he cer­tainly did.

Ini­tial Ca­reer:

In the early 80s, af­ter his stud­ies, Mal­colm Turn­bull headed back to Aus­tralia and im­me­di­ately started prac­tic­ing law. His jour­nal­is­tic past proved to be a key point in his suc­cess as a lawyer and he rose to a fair amount of na­tional fame when he suc­cess­fully de­fended Pe­ter Wright in the ‘Spy­catcher Trial’, where he was pit­ted against the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment. In 1987, Turn­bull de­vi­ated from prac­tis­ing law and em­barked into an in­vest­ment bank­ing busi­ness with es­tab­lish­ing Whit­lam Turn­bull and Co. along with Nicholas Whit­lam, a for­mer State Bank of south Wales’s chief ex­ec­u­tive. The com­pany turned out to be prof­itable for both but even­tu­ally, trou­ble started brew­ing be­tween the two, lead­ing the two go sep­a­rate ways 3 years later when Whit­lam left, and the com­pany was re­named as Turn­bull and Part­ners Ltd. Mal­colm then fo­cused his at­ten­tion on other com­pa­nies such as FTR Hold­ings and Star Tech­nol­ogy Sys­tems, mak­ing huge money and he also kept earn­ing fame among the Aus­tralians for tak­ing Aus­tralian tech com­pa­nies to a world stage. In 1994, Turn­bull made the best in­vest­ment of his busi­ness ca­reer and bought a stake in the famed in­ter­net ser­vice provider com­pany ‘Oze­mail’ for half a mil­lion dol­lars and sold his stakes for a whop­ping 57 Mil­lions in 1999. His com­pany ‘FTR Hold­ings’ bought a num­ber of in­ter­net com­pa­nies in the same year. Mal­colm could see the in­ter­net revo­lu­tion and he made some re­ally good fi­nan­cial choices and took key po­si­tions in We­bCen­tral and Chaos.com.

Po­lit­i­cal Ca­reer:

Mal­colm’s first po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tion came in 1981 with a quest to get the Par­lia­ment seat for Went­worth, but he ended up los­ing it to Pe­ter Cole­man. A few more failed at­tempts later, Mal­colm started con­cen­trat­ing on his busi­ness and law ca­reer. But in 1993, he was ap­pointed as Re­pub­lic Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee’s chair­man by Paul Keat­ing and for the fol­low­ing seven years, Mal­colm re­mained the chair­man of the Aus­tralian Repub­li­can move­ment. Turn­bull re­tired in 2000 from the post and in 2004, he joined the Aus­tralian Na­tional Flag As­so­ci­a­tion. Mal­colm had an in­cli­na­tion to­wards the Lib­eral Party of Aus­tralia since the very be­gin­ning and had as­pi­ra­tions to run for the par­lia­ment seat, which he had lost twice in the past. He wanted to try again against Pe­ter King, but he was aware of the gen­eral sup­port Pe­ter had and de­spite that, he fought him and ended up beat­ing him in 2004 elec­tions. Amidst the ac­cu­sa­tion of branch stack­ing, Mal­colm ended up spend­ing more than half a mil­lion Aus­tralian dol­lars for his cam­paign. At the height of Aus­tralian 2000s draught, the then Prime Min­is­ter John Howard pro­moted Mal­colm and made him a par­lia­ment sec­re­tary, a po­si­tion which al­lowed him to re­port di­rectly to the PM. Some­time later, Howard of­fered him the post of Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Wa­ter, which Mal­colm gladly ac­cepted. In De­cem­ber 2007, Mal­colm held the po­si­tion in the gov­ern­ment as Shadow Trea­surer and later, his col­leagues elected him as the leader of the op­po­si­tion Lib­eral party in 2008, a po­si­tion which Mal­colm ac­cepted and held un­til De­cem­ber 2009. For the lead­er­ship of the Lib­eral party, Mal­colm chal­lenged Ab­bott and claimed that he doesn’t un­der­stand the eco­nomic lead­er­ship con­cept and that in order to stand tall the Lib­eral party re­quired a leader who cared about the gen­eral pub­lic’s in­tel­li­gence. At the Lib­eral Lead­er­ship Bal­lot in 2015, Mal­colm be­came the leader of the party af­ter de­feat­ing Ab­bott by 54 votes. And on 15th Septem­ber 2015, Mal­colm be­came the 29th Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia. At the 2016 fed­eral elec­tions, he of­fi­cially be­came the Prime Min­is­ter.

Per­sonal Life:

Mal­colm Turn­bull is mar­ried to busi­ness­woman and politi­cian, Lucy Turn­bull, who has served as the mayor of Syd­ney. The cou­ple got mar­ried in 1980 while Mal­colm was study­ing in the Ox­ford Univer­sity and the cou­ple cur­rently lives in the sub­urbs of Syd­ney. The cou­ple has two chil­dren, Alex and Daisy, and two grand­chil­dren. De­spite his huge suc­cess, Mal­colm is in­fa­mous among his col­leagues for be­ing too over ex­pres­sive and loud. He doesn’t ad­here to the com­mon path and has this con­vic­tion to move left while the rest of party wants to move right. He is also known to be an ec­cen­tric man, and he re­ceived a lot of flak for pub­licly con­demn­ing Ab­bott’s cli­mate change plan with the use of abra­sive lan­guage.

Mal­colm Turn­bull, Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia

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