Julie Bishop: Ex-contender for Australian PM to leave politics

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Julie Bishop: Ex-contender for Australian PM to leave politics

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop is retiring from parliament after two decades in politics.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle have commended the 62-year-old's achievements, commenting on her class, kindness and strength as a leader.

"Pull the other one, it's got Manolos on it", would be the first thought of many listening to the speech in which, this afternoon, Ms Bishop relinquished her 21-year political career.

Before politics, she studied law at Adelaide University and practised as a solicitor and barrister.

The former deputy Liberal leader announced her long-rumoured decision after question time in Canberra on Thursday.

Ms Bishop with then prime minister John Howard in 2004.

'She was indeed eloquent, smart and competent and the best Minister in an bad Government.

Five years of intense diplomatic training have not been lost on Julie Bishop.

"It is time for a new member to take my place", she said. But, her best moments were yet to come.

Declaring her loyalty to the Liberal Party, Ms Bishop said she made her decision after becoming sure the government would win the election.

In this portfolio, she reaped the benefits of Labor's lobbying for a United Nations Security Council seat, making the most of it to tackle issues including Iran, Islamic State's rise in Iraq and Syria and shaming Russian Federation over the MH17 tragedy.

Her tenure included the signing of free trade deals with China, Japan and South Korea, the resurrection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, work against ISIS and the aftermath of Malaysian Airlines flight 17.

A Labor MP has been slammed online for ridiculing Julie Bishop just minutes after her shock resignation on Thursday.

He also thanked her for the way she fought for the families of the MH17 victims on the world stage. She also played a key role in healing damage to Australia's relationship with Indonesia caused by Labor's live cattle controversy, boat turnbacks and the Indonesian president phone tapping scandal.

At the time, WhatsApp group chat messages leaked to Australian television network ABC show Liberal Party colleagues tactically voted against her to stop a victory for Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

"You have been an outstanding leader in our party, an incredible trailblazer and a lovely friend". While the left and right-leaning factions of the party - led by Turnbull and Abbott respectively - have struggled to control the future of the Liberals, Bishop has retained her status strong leadership figure.

"Julie's judgment, determination and energy helped secure a United Nations Security Council resolution that ensured Australia and its partners could repatriate the victims of that awful crime", Morrison said.

Bishop has served as a political figure for almost two decades, including as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007-2018.

Ms Bishop is widely known for her steely stare and for taking daily runs even whilst travelling overseas.

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