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Commonwealth Government of Australia beginning 18 September 2013 - period in office of Prime minister Abbott, Anthony John (Tony) ending on 15 September 2015

Period in office of prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'period in office' and related terms)

Prime minister
Abbott, Anthony John (Tony)
Date of beginning of period in office
18 September 2013
Date of end of period in office
15 September 2015 
Reason for end of preceding period in office
Loss of general election 
Reason for end of this government
Change of party leader
Number of days in office

Parliamentary support during period

Party affiliation of prime minister at start of period
Liberal Party
If coalition government
Coalition partner 1
National Party
Coalition partner 2
Liberal National Party (Qld)
Coalition partner 3
Country Liberal Party (NT)
Coalition partner 4
Country Liberal Party (NT)
Party support in parliament at beginning of period
If change in parliamentary support during period
If further change during period

Number of ministers at beginning of period (this may vary during the period)

Total number of ministers
Number from party of prime minister
Number from coalition party 1
Number from coalition party 2
Number from upper house
Number who are women

House of Representatives elections contested as prime minister or after which became prime minister (see Glossary entry for 'after election')

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Election Prime minister at election Prime minister's party Prime minister after election Prime minister's party
COM 7 September 2013Kevin RuddAustralian Labor PartyAnthony John (Tony) AbbottLiberal Party

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Loss of election: The Australian Labor Party government led by Rudd was defeated at the election for the House of Representatives on 7 September 2013 by a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party led by Abbott.

Coalition government: In the tables above, the Abbott government is shown as a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party, but at the election for the House of Representatives and the Senate held on 13 September 2013, four separate parties were allied to form a coalition government. These were: the Liberal Party (with representatives from all states and the Australian Capital Territory); the Liberal National Party (with representatives from Queensland); the National Party (with representatives from New South Wales and Victoria); and the Country Liberal Party (with a representative from the Northern Territory). In parliament members from all these electoral parties were associated with either the Liberal Party caucus, or the National Party caucus.

Change of party leader: After a series of unfavourable public opinion polls for the Liberal Party and Prime Minister Abbott, and disagreements within the Liberal Party caucus over government policy and some of the Prime Minister's decisions, Abbott was defeated as leader of the Liberal Party by Turnbull at a meeting of the Parliamentary Liberal Party on 14 September 2015 by a vote of 54 to 44. Abbott resigned as Prime Minister with effect from 15 September 2015.