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This Is What You Should Know About Australia's New Prime Minister

Out with the Abbott, in with the Turnbull.

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As of Monday night, Australia has a new prime minister elect: Malcolm Turnbull.

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's new prime minister.
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Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's new prime minister.

This is what you should know about him.

1. He led the Liberal party once before as opposition leader – and got rolled by Abbott in 2009.

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2. He's considered one of the most socially progressive MPs in the centre-right Liberal party.

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3. He's a bona fide millionaire.

Before going into politics, Turnbull made millions as an investment banker. In 2010, he was listed in the top 200 richest people in Australia with a net worth of $186 million.

4. He's been in the parliament since 2004.

Malcolm Turnbull (far right), a few months prior to his election to parliament in 2004.
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Malcolm Turnbull (far right), a few months prior to his election to parliament in 2004.

5. He's the member for Wentworth, an affluent seat in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

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6. He loves catching public transport.

After 2 interesting tram trips last night now on the 109 on Collins St to Sth Cross to get the train to Geelong to visit @SHendersonMP

7. And he's big on technology, too.

OF COURSE MALCOLM HAS AN APPLE WATCH! RT @mearesy Communications minister Turnbull communicates via his smartwatch

8. He loves a leather jacket.

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9. He supports marriage equality.

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10. He's a mad Republican.

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Turnbull led the Australia Republican Movement from 1993-2000. He was in charge during the failed 1999 referendum for Australia to become a republic.

11. His wife Lucy Turnbull was briefly the Lord Mayor of Sydney, from 2003-2004.

Lucy Turnbull and Malcolm Turnbull.
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Lucy Turnbull and Malcolm Turnbull.

12. He'll be the 29th prime minister of Australia.

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Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

Contact Lane Sainty at lane.sainty@buzzfeed.com.

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