Malcolm Turnbull

AZL flag holder TransparentMalcolm Bligh Turnbull (born 24th October 1954) is a Jewish politician who has served as the 29th Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since 2015 and as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Wentworth since 2004. Turnbull was born in Sydney on 24th October 1954 to Bruce Bligh Turnbull and Coral Magnolia Lansbury. In 1978, Turnbull won a Rhodes Scholarship and attended Brasenose College, Oxford. After graduating with honours from Oxford, Turnbull returned to Australia and began working as a barrister. He left the bar in 1983. Turnbull was a director of FTR Holdings Ltd (1995–2004), chair and managing director of Goldman Sachs Australia (1997–2001) and a partner with Goldman Sachs and Co (1998–2001). In the 1990s, Turnbull was chairman of Axiom Forest Resources, which conducted logging in the Solomon Islands under the trading name Silvania Forest Products that the then Solomon Islands Prime Minister Solomon Mamaloni reportedly threatened to close down for “constant breaches of logging practices”. Turnbull was also questioned in May 2002 during investigations into Goldman Sachs’s involvement in the possible privatisation of one of the acquisitions of the collapsed HIH Insurance company though no action was taken against him or Goldman Sachs. Turnbull is a ‘convert’ to Roman Catholicism but has found himself at odds with the church’s teaching on abortion, same-sex marriage and has supported legislation relaxing restrictions on the abortion pill RU486. Turnbull revealed in a 2013 interview that his mother’s family was Jewish, making him also Jewish and explaining his lean towards corruption.

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