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Brendan Nelson

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Brendan Nelson's Biography

Brendan John Nelson (born 19 August 1958) is a former Australian politician and former federal Opposition leader. He served as a member of the Australian House of Representatives from 1996 federal election until 16 September 2009 as the Liberal member for Bradfield, a northern Sydney seat. A doctor by profession, he came to public prominence as the Federal President of the Australian Medical Association (1993–1995), and served as a Minister in the third and fourth terms of the Howard Government, serving as Minister for Education, Science and Training (2001–2006) and Minister for Defence (2006–2007). Following the 2007 federal election, at which the Howard Government was defeated, Nelson was elected leader of the federal Liberal parliamentary group in a contest against former Minister for Environment and Water Resources Malcolm Turnbull, and became the Leader of the Opposition on 3 December 2007. On 16 September 2008, in a second contest following a spill motion, Nelson lost the leadership of the Opposition and the Liberal Party to Turnbull. On 25 August 2009 he announced his retirement from politics, sparking a 2009 Bradfield by-election.

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Brendan Nelson, Australian Ambassador to the European Union and former Defence Minister
Brendan Nelson, Australian Ambassador to the European Union and former Defence Minister
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Brendan Nelson News Stories

  • Anzac Cove still has the power to inspire and confront youngsters

      News Source: The Age | 7 hours ago
    Four successful year 9 and year 10 ACT students will be flown to Turkey for a two-week study tour, visiting historical sites and battlefields and attending the dawn service at Anzac Cove. War Memorial director Brendan Nelson said the qualities
  • Analysis: Abbott claims scalp of 'toxic tax'

      News Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation | 14 days ago
    Tony Abbott hoping for popularity boost, but will deal with Clive Palmer come back to haunt Government? Updated July 17, 2014 13:33:15 If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. Prime Minister Tony Abbott now has the trophy of the carbon tax
  • F-35 Joint Strike Fighters grounded after engine fire

      News Source: The Age | 27 days ago
    Australia has signed up for at least 58 of the Lockheed Martin planes to form the backbone of the country's air-defence force...It is expected that the purchase bill for those will exceed $12.4 billion with maintenance costs likely to be even greater.

Brendan Nelson Blogs

  • William and Kate end Australia tour with surprise ANZAC ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    “I said to them, it means a great deal to our nation that you should honour us by attending the dawn service,” said Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson. “…without hesitation they had an immense sense of pride in actually being ...
  • loon pond: The pond raises a glass of ginger beer ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    But then the poodle is only following on in the footsteps of that abject goose Brendan Nelson, and before him, John Howard, who saw in Simpson a simple-minded myth he could flog to the nation - hence the prize in his name. Peter Cochrane ...
  • Bye, George! Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's little prince ...

      Blog Source: | 3 months ago
    The Duchess chatted to Australian War Memorial director Dr Brendan Nelson, whom she was sitting next to during the service. The couple then talked quietly ahead of the service and the arrival of Governor General Peter Cosgrove.

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