Julie Bishop quits politics and leaves before Scott Morrison’s tribute

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Published on 21 Feb 2019, 23:46
‘I will leave this place positive about the future, proud of the service that I have been able to give to my electorate of Curtin, my beloved Liberal party, the state of Western Australia, and my country’, former foreign minister Julie Bishop said as she announced she will quit federal politics. Bishop has held the Perth seat of Curtin since 1998 and was Australia's first female foreign minister. She was also the first woman to contest the leadership of the Liberal party. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, led tributes in parliament but Bishop had already departed the chamber. ‘She is an incredibly classy individual’, Morrison said, as he thanked her for her ‘tremendous service’. Opposition leader Bill Shorten hailed Bishop as a ‘trail-blazer’ who showed a ‘steely-determination’ in international forums
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