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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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  • ACT plans nation's first suicide prevention safe-house

      News Source: The Age | 7 days ago
    Heavy rain on the first day of the three-day event may have kept people at the Bookfair longer, as they spent more per person than last year. Australian War Memorial director Dr Brendan Nelson will attend the launch on Monday, as patron of Lifeline
  • Personal items tell the story of war

      News Source: The Daily Telegraph | 6 months ago
    War Memorial director Brendan Nelson is asking defence personnel to donate objects they used in service to help others understand day-to-day life on modern battlegrounds. Uniforms, GPS units and pocketknives are all valuable artefacts when telling
  • Campaign to bring Diggers' wall home

      News Source: Adelaide Now | 6 months ago
    Australia of a memorial wall built to honour fallen soldiers by their comrades in Afghanistan. News Corp Australia this week revealed a Defence top brass plan to paint over the 114 names recorded in chronological order of death on the wall (including

Brendan Nelson Blogs

  • Release of Rare 1914 - 1918 First World War Commemorative ...

      Blog Source: | 4 days ago
    Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, met with Warren Randall recently in Canberra, where the two discussed the special collaboration. Dr Nelson said the War Memorial was extremely grateful to Seppeltsfield and Mr ...
  • Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard Admits He Caved ...

      Blog Source: | 5 months ago
    Howard's desperate cave-in in 2007 legitimised the great scare without saving the Howard Government from defeat. Worse, it created nothing but trouble for the Liberals in Opposition as leader Brendan Nelson tried to row back from Howard's&
  • Labor's penance » The Spectator

      Blog Source: | 5 months ago
    Mr Shorten faces a situation that is an odd mirror image of that which bamboozled Brendan Nelson back in the heady climate days of 2008. With conservatives opposed to a unilateral emissions trading scheme, but with Malcolm Turnbull and ...

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