Brendon Nelson
Place of Birth: Cobug, Victoria
Date of Birth: August 19, 1958
Age: 61 Years Old
Astrology: Leo
Current Partner: Gillian Adamson
Previous Partner: Deanna Nelson
Hair Colour: Grey
Eye Colour: Brown
Specialisation: Politics
Fan Sites: www.brendannelson.com.au,
www.aph.gov.au/B_Nelson_MP
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Brendan Nelson is an Australian Liberal politician who was born on 19 August 1958, in Coburg, Victoria. He studied economics at the University of Adelaide, however he dropped out within the first year, only to return to studying, this time at Flinders University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery. From 1985-1995, Brendan Nelson lived in Hobart, Tasmania, where he worked as a general practitioner. During this time, Brendan Nelson married for the second time, having been married whilst still a university student. In 1988, Brendan Nelson joined the Australian Medical Association, an organisation which he later became Tasmanian State President of in 1990. Then, in 1993, he was elected as the Federal President of the organisation, and at thirty-four years of age he was the youngest person ever to be elected into that role.

Brendan Nelson joined the Australian Liberal Party in January 1994, after having been a Labor member from the age of thirteen. In 1996, he then was elected as the member for Bradfield and worked as a government backbencher, and in 2001 he was elected as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence. Later in 2001, Brendan Nelson was promoted, taking on the role of Minister for Education, Science and Training. Following this, Brendan was further promoted in January 2006, taking on the Minister for Defence portfolio.

In 2007, Brendan Nelson was elected as the Liberal party leader, following the Labor victory in the 2007 Federal Election. In his role as Leader of the Liberal Party, Brendan Nelson attracted media attention on several occasions. He declared WorkChoices Dead, publicly announced that he did not support gay marriage, and opposed making a formal apology to indigenous Australians in regards to the “stolen generations” – a issue he later changed his stance on.

Despite a small and steady increase after record low polling, Nelson lost the leadership of the Liberal Party to Shadow Treasurer, Malcolm Turnbull, on 16 September 2008 by 45 to 41 votes in a spill motion. Nelson went to the backbench, and on 16 February 2009 he announced that he would resign from parliament at the next federal election.

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