Bishop Resigns As Foreign Minister, Undecided On Next Election
Julie Bishop will resign as Foreign Affairs Minister but has not decided whether she will stay in parliament after the next election.
Julie Bishop will quit as Foreign Minister and won’t serve in Scott Morrison’s new Cabinet and has not decided whether she will stay in parliament for the next election.
Bishop on Sunday announced that she will in fact resign under Scott Morrison’s reshuffled cabinet and move to the back-bench.
The 62-year-old said that she has not decided whether she will remain in parliament for the next election, which is due around August next year.
"I have been pre-selected by the Liberal Party for the seat of Curtin and I have made no decision regarding the next election," she said in a statement.
Perth Now is reporting that Ms Bishop has decided it "is in the interests of the nation" that she retire.
Steve Ciobo and Chirstopher Pyne are both being weighed up as a possible candidates for Ms Bishop’s foreign affairs portfolio.
Ms Bishop has been deputy Liberal leader for over a decade but failed to win the majority vote in last Friday’s leadership ballot, receiving only 11 votes.
The announcement will come as a huge blow for the Liberal Party, with Ms Bishop popularly supported by the public. In political polls and betting agency odds during this week’s leadership spill Bishop received popular support.
A Roy Morgan poll this week found Bishop would have a good chance of defeating Labor’s Bill Shorten at the next election.
Mr Morrison is expected to announce his new front bench in the next few days.