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Christine Forster is an Australian local government politician who is a Liberal councillor in the City of Sydney and the younger sister of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.[1][2]

Christine Forster
Councillor of the City of Sydney
Assumed office
8 September 2012
Personal details
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Virginia Flitcroft (m. 2018)

Forster worked as a journalist covering the Australian energy sector for resources information service Platts,[3] was elected to the City of Sydney Council in September 2012[4] and in 2014 announced a plan to run for the New South Wales Legislative Council.[5] Forster has opposed local council amalgamation plans,[6] called for Martin Place to be smoke free,[7][8] and advocated tall buildings[9] and increased street parking in Sydney City.[10] She describes herself as "committed to the principles of common sense government, genuine sustainability, free enterprise and respect for the individual."[3]

Forster lives with her wife Virginia Flitcroft, with whom she has raised money for the Sir David Martin Foundation[11] and campaigned for same-sex marriage.[12] Forster has previously been married.[13][14] In 2013 Forster attended the launch of the Bingham Cup in Sydney, along with Bruce Notley-Smith, Don Harwin, Malcolm Turnbull, Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales.[15]

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  1. ^ Debra Killalea (26 February 2015). "SBS journalist and Mardi Gras host Patrick Abboud reveals rare insight into the life of Tony Abbott's lesbian sister".
  2. ^ "Christine Forster: Tony Abbott's Openly Gay Sister". The Feed. Special Broadcasting Service. 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b Christine Forster. "About Me".
  4. ^ "Councillors". City of Sydney.
  5. ^ Sean Nicholls (23 September 2014). "Christine Forster, Tony Abbott's sister, launches bid for NSW upper house". Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ Anne Davies (3 June 2015). "Prime Minister's sister and City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster opposes Liberal council amalgamation plans". Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ Peter Terlato (2 December 2014). "Smoking Ban In Sydney's Martin Place May Spread To Other Public Spaces In The CBD". Business Insider.
  8. ^ "Smokers upset at proposed ban in Martin Place". ABC 702 Sydney. 3 December 2014.
  9. ^ Miles Godfrey. "Mystery tower: This George St giant will reach for the sky". The Daily Telegraph.
  10. ^ Christine Forster (30 October 2014). "Clover Moore's anti-car agenda hitting homes". The Daily Telegraph.
  11. ^ Elias Jahshan (31 October 2014). "AN ABSEIL TO RAISE MONEY FOR YOUTH CHARITY". Star Observer.
  12. ^ Jessica Clement (26 June 2014). "Ladies in waiting: Tony Abbott's sister Christine Forster makes same-sex marriage statement in Archibalds".
  13. ^ "Christine Forster reveals insight into life as Tony Abbott's lesbian sister". Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Last piece of the puzzle". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  15. ^ Bruce Notley-Smith. "Bingham Cup Launch – One Year Out!".

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