AUSTRALIA: Julie Bishop resigns as foreign minister

Hannah Rogers
August 28, 2018

She had been foreign minister since 2013 and was replaced by former defence minister Marise Payne in the new Cabinet line-up announced by Mr Morrison after Ms Bishop resigned.

Mr Morrison's most hard task will be mending the deep rift in the Liberal party before an election, which is due in the first half of 2019.

Mr Morrison flew to rural western Queensland state, where crops are failing and ranchers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle after six years of drought.

Morrison, who has often spoken of the strong relations between the two nations, understands the importance of foreign investment in Australia, said Holden.

Former foreign minister Julie Bishop is staying in parliament and has not ruled out vying for the Liberal leadership again in the future.

It was the fourth consecutive time that a prime minister has been toppled in an internal party revolt.

The ousting of Malcolm Turnbull ushered in Australia's sixth prime minister in just over a decade, a remarkable record in a stable democracy that's now gone 27 years without a recession, boasting one of the world's highest standards of living.

Mr Morrison says engaging in climate discussions would not help farmers fill out forms to seek government assistance.

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May can deliver on Brexit, and campaigners are gearing up for a fight over whether the country should hold another referendum. The government has maintained throughout the negotiation process that it is preparing for all possible outcomes.

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.

The new foreign minister's big challenge will be navigating a tricky relationship with China, Australia's top trading partner.

"This new Liberal-National team is a next-generation team", Morrison told reporters in Canberra of the governing coalition between the Liberals and the rural-based Nationals party.

The former deputy prime minister has railed against dumping prime ministers.

Bishop was one of three people who threw their hat in the ring to succeed Turnbull, but she was eliminated in the first round of party voting.

Leaked screenshots from the group titled "friends for stability" allege Mathias Cormann, whose support of Peter Dutton was pivotal in securing the leadership spill, had secured votes for Ms Bishop in order to keep Scott Morrison out of the race.

The new prime minister faces an uphill battle to revive the LNP's support among voters with a federal election looming after the latest Newspoll, published on Sunday night, revealed the party's primary vote dropped in the wake of the leadership crisis to 33 percent, its worst result since 2008. Morrison is seeking to restore party unity after a week of tumultuous infighting.

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