Former foreign minister Julie Bishop has announced she will retire from federal politics.
- Former deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop to retire from federal politics
- Ms Bishop was Australia’s first female foreign minister
- She served as the party’s deputy leader from 2007 to 2018
Ms Bishop has been on the backbench since the leadership spill last year.
She has held the Perth electorate of Curtin since 1998 and was Australia’s first female foreign minister.
Ms Bishop said she had recently reconsidered her future in the parliament and wanted to pursue a life outside of politics.
“It has been an immense honour to be the longest serving Member for Curtin and also to be the deputy leader of the Liberal Party, the first female to hold the role, [and] for 11 years, over half my entire political career,” she told the Parliament.
“I am also proud of the fact that I am the first woman to contest a leadership ballot of the Liberal Party in its 75-year history.”
Ms Bishop served as a minister in John Howard’s government before becoming deputy leader following the 2007 election.
She served in that role in Opposition under Brendan Nelson, Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott.
She became foreign minister when the party won the 2013 election and remained in the job until Mr Turnbull lost the Liberal leadership last year.
Ms Bishop ran in the ballot to replace Mr Turnbull against Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton but was eliminated in the first round of voting.
More to come.