In the dramatic days following former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ousting, speculation ran high that former foreign minister Julie Bishop would part ways with the Liberal party at the next election.
But according to Julie Bishop, that’s not true.
‘I am the pre-selected Liberal candidate for the seat of Curtin; it’s my intention to run,’ she told media in Hamilton, New Zealand.
This announcement comes as the former Liberal frontbencher enters her 21st year of parliament.
Ms Bishop initially resigned from the government front bench after Malcolm Turnbull was thrown out in the August Libspill. And now, entering her 21st year of parliament, Ms Bishop has tremendous ambition for the party.
‘My ambition coming into politics was actually to be a foreign minister and I have achieved that, so my aspirations have been fulfilled and I am now the member for Curtin.’
Bishop backs Morrison
Ms Bishop has also reported that she would back Scott Morrison, believing he was the right choice to lead the party, AAP reports.
But while her responsibilities no longer lie in foreign relations, Ms Bishop said she would be still relaying her closed-door speech to the National Party, in discussing issues which face conservative parties around the world — including trade conflict, Brexit, and the lack of public trust in politicians.
Since her announcement of returning to the polls, it has been speculated whether Ms Bishop would recontest her Perth seat, after reports of a similar declaration in Hong Kong.
However, the Prime Minister said this week that Ms Bishop had not updated him on when she planned to go to the polls again since she quit the cabinet.
When asked about the speculated loss the coalition may face, she rejected the current polls that placed them at a loss — saying it was too early to tell.
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