Skip to comments.Tony Abbott, a Student Priest, Who Works in Indigenous Communities [Australian PM]
Posted on 09/09/2013 6:42:57 PM PDT by marshmallow
HE's the one time student priest who quit in frustration with the church, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage whose lesbian sister wants him to change his views, an ambitious political hardhead who quietly spends a week a year helping in remote indigenous communities.
Australia's 28th prime minister may be a man of contradictions, but one certainty is that Tony Abbott has worked towards his new position for much of his adult life.
Mr Abbott was born in London in 1957 to Dick and Fay Abbott, moving to Sydney in 1960 through an assisted migration scheme. Raised in an observant family, the young Mr Abbott and his sisters Pip, Jane and Christine attended Catholic schools on Sydney's upper middle class north shore.
His conservative political and journalistic leanings were honed at Sydney University where as well as studying law and economics, Mr Abbott was active on the student council and wrote for student newspaper Honi Soit.
At the age of 20, Mr Abbott's high school girlfriend Kathy Donnelly found herself pregnant. The pair agreed to give up their baby son for adoption in 1977, but it was an experience that would come to haunt him in the most public of ways almost 30 years later.
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VERY interesting man.