'Devastated' Julie Bishop slams pollies' dirty tactics that cost her PM job

Mathais Cormann and Peter Dutton arrive for the partyroom meeting
Camera Icon Mathais Cormann and Peter Dutton arrive for the partyroom
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27 August, 2018

Earlier this month, Taylor had praised the role of DHA, after previously saying that he considers the Australian government's approach to cybersecurity to be "world leading".

She said Mr Morrison's close ties with New Zealand will be helpful as they build their relationship.

JULIE Bishop has confirmed she has resigned from her position as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Morrison, the former treasurer, was a surprise victor in the Liberal Party ballot after the populist right-wing of the party, which had agitated for Turnbull's removal, was unable to persuade enough moderates to back Dutton. In Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet, Fletcher was the Urban Infrastructure Minister.

WhatsApp screenshots from the group calling itself "friends for stability" show MPs were told WA Senator Mathias Cormann was putting votes behind Ms Bishop in the ballot to knock Scott Morrison out of the race - ultimately setting up a contest between Ms Bishop and Peter Dutton, which Mr Dutton would be sure to win.

She attracted no votes from her home state of Western Australia.

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Bishop contested Friday's leadership vote but was eliminated in the first round, with Morrison then emerging as a surprise compromise victor over Peter Dutton, Turnbull's conservative challenger who brought the leadership crisis to a head earlier in the week.

The City of Sydney councillor said she had a strong record of championing Liberal Party values at a local government level.

"I think in politics, especially in the Liberal party, it is far too easy to change the leader", she told ABC radio.

Bishop will be replaced as foreign minister by Marise Payne, Australia's first female defence minister.

Australia's new prime minister announced a peace-making Cabinet on Sunday that does not punish his rivals in a bruising power struggle that ousted his predecessor days ago and divided a government that lags in opinion polls.

He said Ms Bishop came into Parliament the hard way when she successfully challenged John Howard ally turned independent Allan Rocher for the seat of Curtin in 1998. "She has set the bar for the next Foreign Minister very high".


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