FOREIGN Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told Shenton College students that if Tony Abbott wanted to 'shirt-front' Russian president Vladimir Putin, her approach was to 'button-hole' him.
Ms Bishop met with Mr Putin during the Asia Europe Meeting in Milan last month, where she had a conversation with him about what Australia expected from Russia after the MH17 crash.
‘I asked him to use his influence over the separatists,’ Ms Bishop said. ‘I’d like to say I buttonholed him, rather than ‘shirtfronted’ him.
‘There’s no doubt in my mind that the plane was shot down by Russian-backed separatists.’
Ms Bishop said trade, the threat of Ebola and foreign fighters were on her list of top concerns.
‘It would be disastrous for Ebola to get into, not only Australia, but the Asian Pacific,’ she told the students.
‘We have strict measures to make sure it is contained. We want to contain it and treat it in West Africa.’
When asked by a student, why she said she did not identify as a feminist, Ms Bishop told her not to believe everything she read in newspapers.
‘I didn’t say I wasn’t a feminist. I said I wouldn’t self describe as that.’