Margie Abbott

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Margie Abbott
Margie Abbott at the Canberra Operation Slipper Welcome Home Ceremony in March 2015.jpg
Margie Abbott in 2015
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Australia
In role
18 September 2013 – 15 September 2015
Preceded by Thérèse Rein
Succeeded by Lucy Turnbull
Personal details
Born Margaret Veronica Aitken
(1958-02-01) 1 February 1958 (age 59)
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Political party Liberal Party
Other political
affiliations
Coalition
New Zealand Labour Party (before 1988)
Spouse(s) Tony Abbott (m. 1988)
Children Louise (born 1989)[1]
Frances (born 1991)[2]
Bridget (born 1993)[2]
Alma mater Wellington Teachers College
Occupation Child care centre operator
Profession Carer
Known for Spouse of the 28th Prime Minister of Australia

Margaret Veronica "Margie" Abbott (born 1 February 1958)[3][4] is the wife of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. She runs a childcare centre in Sydney.

Early life[edit]

Margaret Veronica Aitken was born in Hutt Hospital,[5] Lower Hutt, New Zealand to Max and Gail Aitken, and grew up in Wainuiomata. Both parents worked for the Post Office, Max as deputy chief postmaster of Wellington, and Gail as a typist.[6] She has a brother, Greg, a former private investigator.[6] The family has always been very sport-oriented; Max Aitken is a senior soccer administrator, and Margie played soccer and netball for a number of years.[6] She is a Catholic, like her husband.[7]

Max Aitken is a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and Gail is also a Labour voter.[6] There were pictures of Labour leaders in the kitchen of the family home.[8] Margie was also briefly a member of the Labour Party.[9][10]

Margie Aitken attended Fernlea School and Wainuiomata College,[5] where among other studies she took part in a pioneering Maori-language course.[6][10] At the age of 16, she entered teachers college in Wellington, and after graduation taught primary school in Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata. She taught Maori both there and later in Australia.[9] She later worked at a recruitment firm, and in 1983[10] followed her boss to Sydney, Australia when he sold the company. Her next career move was to the marketing department of Rothschild Australia, a merchant bank in Sydney.[citation needed]

Marriage to Tony Abbott[edit]

In 1988 while at Rothschilds, she met Tony Abbott at a Sydney pub. He was then a journalist with The Bulletin. He proposed after taking her on the Kokoda Track. They married at Riverview Chapel on 24 September 1988, and have since had three daughters.[11]

Current occupation[edit]

Abbott runs a community-based not-for-profit child care centre in St Ives, New South Wales [12] Sydney, which employs 10 staff and cares for children from around 100 families.[9][10] She continued as a director of the centre after her husband became prime minister.[13]

Personal views[edit]

In September 2013, Abbott said that, unlike her husband, she was open to discussion about gay marriage. She told the media "I suppose at the end of the day I think that love, commitment, are things that should be recognised and I think it's a conversation that Australia needs to have".[14] Margie Abbott was a member of the New Zealand Labour party before meeting Tony Abbott, as were her parents and extended family with exception of her young nephew, Simon Aitken, who is a National supporter.[15]

Honorary titles
Preceded by
Thérèse Rein
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Australia
18 September 2013 – 15 September 2015
Succeeded by
Lucy Turnbull

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/louise-abbott-to-join-father-tony-in-campaign8217s-final-week/story-fnho52jp-1226707800996
  2. ^ a b "Tony Abbott's daughters Bridget and Frances speak about claims their 'daggy Dad' is a misogynist and more". 
  3. ^ "Interview with Robin, Terry and Bob, 97.3FM Brisbane". tonyabbott.com.au. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Abbott And Costello Defamation Action". australianpolitics.com. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Ash, Julie; Chapman, Katie (28 August 2010). "Kiwi could be first lady of Aussie". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Sydney Morning Herald, 7 September 2013, "From a Kiwi Labour past to Tory Tony's first lady"; Retrieved 12 September 2013
  7. ^ David Marr, Rudd v. Abbott; retrieved 12 September 2013.
  8. ^ Anthony Hubbard, "Abbott earns a liberal dose of respect from a Labor-voting Kiwi connection", The Age, 7 September 2013, p. 6
  9. ^ a b c New Zealand Herald, 8 September 2013, "New PM will have Kiwi at his side"; Retrieved 12 September 2013
  10. ^ a b c d Speech by Margie Abbott, The Joy of an Ordinary Life Archived 27 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Retrieved 12 September 2013
  11. ^ The Age, 25 March 2005, "The Abbott Paradox"; retrieved 12 September 2013
  12. ^ http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/north-shore/margie-abbott-wife-of-pm-enjoys-family-fun-at-st-ives-occasional-care/story-fngr8h9d-1226757979321
  13. ^ Nicastri, Danielle (1 November 2013). "Wife of Prime Minister, Margie Abbott celebrates fun fair at her St Ives childcare centre". North Shore Times. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 2013-09-12.