The Hon Tony Abbott is the Federal Member for Warringah and Shadow Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. He served in Cabinet during the Howard government as Minister for Employment and Minister for Health and Ageing. He is a staunch supporter of constitutional monarchy and has written two books on the subject and was Executive Director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy prior to his entry into Parliament. When Tony Abbott addressed The Sydney Institute on 12 August 2009, Newspoll had just announced that the Opposition trailed the Government 57-43, with Leader of the Opposition Malcolm Turnbull’s satisfaction down to 26%. At a time when the Liberal Party is being forced to re-evaluate their platform, Tony Abbott spoke to the Institute about the vitality of modern, adaptive conservatism and his latest book, Battelines.

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