Malcolm Bligh Turnbull is an Australian politician serving as the 29th and current Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since 2015. He was previously Leader of the Opposition from 2008 to 2009.
Malcolm Turnbull’s tenure would go down in the history of Austrailia as the Prime Minister who made sure that same-sex marriages were legal in Austrailia. Prior to Turnbull becoming Prime Minister, the parliamentary Liberal Party voted to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage by putting the question to Australians voters via a plebiscite.
One of the key world leaders ready to welcome the UK with open arms is the Austrailian Prime Minister. He has publicly stated that Austrailia would be looking to enhance its trade relations with the UK post-Brexit and his promises have often been cited by Brexiteers as a valid reason for Brexit. He has had meetings with PM Theresa May and they have been confident a trade deal can be reached.
Back in 1993, Turnbull was appointed by then Prime Minister Paul Keating to find a way to manoeuver Australia into a more republican form of government which included replacing the British Monarch with an elected Australian head of state. It was called the Australian Republican Movement. He actively fought to make Australia a republic state in the 1999 referendum. He left the movement in 2000. Turnball has law degrees from both the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford. He worked as a barrister and in investment banking before moving into the political sphere.