CANBERRA, March 25, 2014 - Ahead of an April 2014 Australian government and business delegation to North Asia, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott MP stresses the importance of establishing new trade agreements with South Korea, Japan, and China. (23 min., 3 sec.)
Tony Abbott successfully led the Coalition at the 2013 Federal Election and is Australia's 28th Prime Minister.
At the 2010 election, the Coalition under Mr Abbott's leadership achieved the best result for a first term opposition since 1932.
Mr Abbott was first elected as Member for Warringah in March 1994. He has been re-elected as Member for Warringah at six subsequent elections.
During the Howard Government, Mr Abbott served as a Parliamentary Secretary, Minister, member of Cabinet, and Leader of the House of Representatives.
As Minister for Employment Services (1998-2001) Mr Abbott oversaw the development of the Job Network and a major expansion of Work for the Dole.
As Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations (2001-2003) Mr Abbott boosted construction industry productivity through the establishment of the Cole Royal Commission.
As Minister for Health and Ageing (2003-2007) Mr Abbott introduced the Medicare safety net for people with big out-of-pocket expenses, increased hospital funding by $2.2 billion, increased Medicare bulk billing rates, expanded Medicare beyond doctors, and resolved the medical indemnity crisis.