Julie Bishop resigns as Australian foreign affairs minister

Julie Bishop resigns as Australian foreign affairs minister

Julie Bishop resigns as Australian foreign affairs minister

Turnbull tweeted that she was "an inspiring role model for women here and around the world".

The 62-year-old Bishop had had been deputy leader of the ruling party since 2007 and failed to become prime minister in Friday's leadership ballot.

Now, one Western Australian MP has told the West Australian they felt tricked into voting against Bishop in an apparent bid to keep Dutton out.

Bishop announced she would move to the backbench and had not yet decided whether to contest the next election, which is due by May 2019.

"But out of respect for Malcolm she won't be commenting further until the former prime minister has made an announcement about his future".

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

"I think in politics, especially in the Liberal party, it is far too easy to change the leader", she told ABC radio. Most of her 11 votes carried over to Morrison, who ultimately beat out Dutton 45-40.

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It added: "Be aware that this is a ruse trying to get her ahead of Morrison so he drops out and his votes go to Dutton".

"I have always believed the WA members and senators had a responsibility to advocate for the best interests of their State in the context of being Federal members of Parliament", she said.

One of the casualties was Labor's Julia Gillard, Australia's first female leader, who constantly battled misogyny and made worldwide headlines for her fiery rebuttal of then Liberal opposition leader Tony Abbott in parliament in 2012.

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.

"Malcolm Turnbull was a great leader and we will remain close friends in the years to come", Mr Laundy said.

The long-serving foreign minister returned to Perth on Saturday.

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