Saturday, 23 March, 2019


Ex-minister Julie Bishop to retire

Prime Minister Scott Morrison led the tributes to Julie Bishop after she announced she would not re-contest Camera Icon Prime Minister Scott Morrison led the tributes to Julie Bishop after she announced she would not
Bennie Garza | 21 February, 2019, 16:52

And I will work hard in the meantime to assist a new Liberal candidate to win the seat.

MBishop's successor as foreign minister, Marise Payne, choked back tears as she talked about Australia's high status in the worldwide community.

"I have been contacted by a number of talented - indeed extraordinary - people, including women, who have indicated to me that should I not reconsider the seat of Curtin, they would seek preselection", Bishop told cameras.

Eleven months later, when Malcolm Turnbull took over Liberal leadership, she took over the shadow treasury role, a portfolio where she was widely considered a failure.

"It's taken Julie Bishop a while to find a replacement that's not Christian Porter or Mathias Cormann".

"I will leave the seat of Curtin in very good shape, indeed, a winning position for the Liberal Party".

Declaring her loyalty to the Liberal Party, Ms Bishop said she made her decision after becoming sure the government would win the election.

Her resignation follows speculation over her future within the leadership party.

Bishop, who successfully pledged allegiance to both Brendan Nelson, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull during their respective leaderships of the party, remained a odd centre of calm during the Liberal turbulence of the last few years.

"Julie was one of Australia's truly great foreign ministers".

"On behalf of the Government and the Liberal Party, I thank Julie for her great service to Australia for almost two decades".

"Her successor will have big shoes to fill and we know that Julie has big shoes", he said after her announcement", he said.

"I have valued her judgement, appreciated her insight and admired the tireless way she has served the Party, the Parliament and Australia".

Ms Bishop with then prime minister John Howard in 2004.

Ms Bishop has also been widely lauded for her representation of Australia at the United Nations Security Council in 2014, where she negotiated access to the MH17 crash site.

The timing of Bishop's departure heaps pressure on a government that is lagging in opinion polls, although the gap has lately narrowed, and which is battling a perception it is out of touch, especially with female voters.

"There are many achievements from her time as Foreign Minister in which Julie can be proud: the New Colombo Plan, the establishment of the DFAT innovationXchange and strengthening Australia's relations throughout the Pacific".

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also thanked her for fighting for the families of the MH17 victims.

"She did Australia proud that day and in those weeks", Mr Shorten said.

"Prime Minister Abbott will remember that very much, because of his fierce passion about that event and the bad tragedy and murder that it was".

"And on that regard, if any of us were ever to be privileged to be in the position that she was in, dealing with the Russians and other people I hope that any of us would show the same strength that she showed".

Since she left the frontbench Bishop has become quite outspoken, including saying there needed to be bipartisanship on energy policy.

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