Happy family: Tony Abbott and his family on election night. Photo: Nick Moir
Prime Minister Tony Abbott is dreaming of a white Christmas, in Paris.
Mr Abbott, wife Margie and two of their daughters, Frances and Bridget, are flying to Europe to be reunited with the eldest Abbott daughter, Louise, at the end of the week. Louise will travel from Switzerland where she works to join them for Christmas. The family will spend about a week in France before Mr and Mrs Abbott return to Australia for their traditional summer holidays on the NSW south coast.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's Christmas will be ''all about the kids''. He and wife Chloe plan a Christmas Eve of carols with their three children, aged 12, 11 and 4, either at Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl or watching it on TV at home. Christmas lunch will be at the home of Mr Shorten's twin, Robert, with the menu arranged by their Queensland-born wives - ''lots of mangoes and seafood''. The Shortens will spend part of summer in Gippsland or on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Labor Party's Anthony Albanese said he would enjoy a family Christmas Day at home in Sydney and spend a day or two at the Ashes Test match then holiday with the family on the Sunshine Coast.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy's Christmas Day will be hosted by daughter Daisy Turnbull-Brown. ''The star attraction, of course, will be Daisy's boy Jack, born three months ago,'' Mr Turnbull said.