Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia on 15 September 2015.
Malcolm was a Cabinet Minister in the Howard and Abbott Governments. He served as Minister for the Environment and Water Resources in the Howard Government and Minister for Communications in the Abbott Government.
Malcolm also served as Leader of the Opposition from 2008 to 2009.
Malcolm has been the Member for Wentworth since 2004.
Malcolm was educated at Vaucluse Public School and Sydney Grammar School. Malcolm’s high school education at Sydney Grammar was assisted by a scholarship. In later life Malcolm arranged for an additional means tested scholarship to be established at Sydney Grammar in memory of his late father. Malcolm graduated from Sydney University with a BA LLB. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a further law degree at Oxford.
During and after his studies at Sydney University, Malcolm worked as a journalist with The Bulletin, 2SM, TCN 9 and the London Sunday Times.
After a successful career in journalism Malcolm began practicing law in 1980. He quickly established a reputation as an effective advocate, most notably when he successfully defended former MI5 agent Peter Wright against the British Government, in the “Spycatcher” trial.
Malcolm left law for business in 1987 where he has since been responsible for the establishment and success of many Australian businesses. In particular he has been a determined supporter of Australian technology. He co-founded OzEmail in 1994. His software companies have won many awards for exporting Australian technology.
In 1997 Malcolm was elected to attend the Australian Constitutional Convention. He led the republican case in that Convention and in the subsequent referendum.
Malcolm has initiated 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.
Malcolm and Lucy have been married since 1980. They have two adult children, Alex and Daisy, and two grandchildren, Jack and Isla.
Lucy and Malcolm have been partners not only in marriage but also in their many businesses. Lucy was the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney, a position she held until early 2004.
Bill was born and raised in Melbourne, and is a proud Victorian. After completing high school at Xavier College, Bill graduated from Monash University in Arts and Law. Bill also has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
Becoming involved in the Labor Party at university, Bill worked as a lawyer at the firm Maurice Blackburn Cashman after finishing his studies.
Bill joined the union movement in 1994 when he began work at the Australian Workers’ Union as an organiser. Passionate about getting a fair deal for Australian workers, Bill became the AWU’s Victorian Secretary and then National Secretary. Bill was also a director of Australian Super before entering parliament in 2007.
His experience in the union movement and with Australian Super have given Bill the belief that Labor can and does deliver for working people.
Bill lives in Maribyrnong with his wife, Chloe and their three children. He barracks for Collingwood in the AFL and enjoys taking part in fun runs, reading and spending time with his young family.
The Leaders Debate will be moderated by, National Press Club of Australia President, Chris Uhlmann.
Questions will be taken from a panel of senior journalists Laura Tingle (Australian Financial Review), Andrew Probyn (The West Australian) and Ellen Whinnett (Herald Sun).