Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia will be joining the Danube Institute team as a guest lecturer this autumn. Having led Australia’s government from 2013 to 2015, Abbott brings a wide range of political and geopolitical experience to the Danube Institute. The former Prime Minister has been a special guest of the Institute’s programmes in recent years, and as the collaboration grows closer, he will become a regular lecturer at our national and international conferences and an author of our periodical Hungarian Conservative.
Abbott studied economics and law at the University of Sydney, before completing an MA in political science and philosophy at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He has written several books on politics, including on constitutional monarchy and Australian domestic politics.
A former politician, he puts a great emphasis on the importance of regulation and community dialogue in his writings.
He believes that the Danube Institute offers a platform for valuable exchanges of ideas and debates, where divergent ideas and opinions can be heard,
and where important issues in the Central European region can be given due attention. In an interview with our very own website Hungarian Conservative in September 2023, PM Abbott explained:
'Budapest has become quite an intellectual centre for a group of English-speaking intellectuals, who I think have been attracted by, I guess, Hungary’s history and general cultural appeal, but also by the success of the Orbán government.'
István Kiss, Executive Director of the Danube Institute, had this to say about the exciting announcement:
'We are very much honoured to have Tony Abbott join us. We believe that Mr Abbott is one of the most outstanding living conservative politicians, whose pioneering migration policies can be an inspiration for the European Union. Our Institute aims to promote intellectual diversity and dialogue, and to analyse political and economic issues of critical importance in the Central European region. We are confident that the expertise and work of Mr Abbott will enrich this process and contribute to the further development and success of the Danube Institute.'