Julie Bishop retires from politics

Curtin MHR Julie Bishop at the WSBA breakfast. Picture: Jon Bassett
Curtin MHR Julie Bishop at the WSBA breakfast. Picture: Jon Bassett

FORMER Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced her retirement from politics.

Ms Bishop, who was Australia’s first female Foreign Minister, made the announcement in Parliament today.

The announcement was an about face for Ms Bishop (62), who announced last August that she would re-contest her seat following the Liberal Party’s leadership turmoil.

But she reversed that decision today.

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

Ms Bishop threw her support behind Prime Minister Scott Morrison, stating it was her view “the Liberal National Coalition will win the next election”.

“On that basis, I have reconsidered my position as the Member for Curtin,” she said.

“I will work hard in the meantime to assist a new Liberal candidate to win the seat.

“It is time for a new member to take my place.”