Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop quits in fallout of PM's ouster

Posted August 27, 2018

With Julie Bishop going to the backbench and expected to retire from parliament at the next election, former defence minister Marise Payne takes on foreign affairs.

JULIE Bishop has confirmed she has resigned from her position as Australia's Minister for Foreign Affairs.

It will also enable new environment minister Melissa Price to focus on meeting the Paris emissions targets and saving the Great Barrier Reef - despite her living in Western Australia.

Ms Bishop, 62, was deputy Liberal leader for more than a decade but she only received 11 votes in last Friday's leadership ballot after Malcolm Turnbull called a spill.

She said Mr Morrison's close ties with New Zealand will be helpful as they build their relationship.

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"I think in politics, especially in the Liberal party, it is far too easy to change the leader", she told ABC radio.

Turnbull supporter David Coleman will take on Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs in a clear signal from Morrison to separate the economic role of immigration from national security following policy disagreements with Dutton over the past year.

Speaking to The West Australian, an emotional Ms Bishop ranked her fight to win justice for families who lost loved ones in the on MH17 as among her greatest achievements, and urged her successor to continue to pursue Russian authorities.

"We've already got a lot of people in this space, I'd want to know exactly what value can I add given I'm already there as a backbencher and a former prime minister". In Malcolm Turnbull's cabinet, Fletcher was the Urban Infrastructure Minister.

She was knocked out in the first round of voting, and Scott Morrison won the runoff vote from Peter Dutton.

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"He's more of a known quantity", she told RN Breakfast.

Despite having swung behind Mr Dutton's tilt at the leadership, Mathias Cormann has been returned as finance minister and Senate leader.

Scott Morrison has created a new ministry aimed at neutralising problems faced by the Turnbull government and putting some firepower into the coalition's attacks on Labor.

The factional truce comes two days after Turnbull announced he would resign and quit Parliament following weeks of destabilising campaigning by the conservative wing of the Liberal Party.

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