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J-Bish Calls Curtins On Her Political Career

Former foreign minister and current member for Curtin Julie Bishop has announced she is quitting politics and won't stand at the coming federal election.

Bishop made the surprise announcement after question time in the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon.

"I will not re-contest the seat of Curtin at the next election," she said.

She said she would help a new Liberal candidate to win her seat.

"It is time for a new member to take my place. I will leave the seat of Curtin in very good shape," she said.

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Bishop says she has been contacted by a number of people, including a number of impressive women, interested in taking her place.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised "her tremendous service" to the country, her community and the Liberal Party, calling her "an incredibly classy individual".

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

Bishop first contested the seat in 1998 and held onto it for the next seven elections.

She was Australia's first female foreign minister.