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Julie Bishop resigns as Australian foreign affairs minister

Julie Bishop resigns as Australian foreign affairs minister”

Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris yesterday thanked Ms Bishop for "everything she has done for us", telling The West Australian the former foreign minister had held Russian Federation to account for their involvement in the "catastrophic tragedy" of MH17.

Turnbull then relinquished his prime ministership on Friday after a second leadership spill that saw former Treasurer Morrison defeat Dutton 45-40 in a party vote and be sworn in as Australia's 30th prime minister on Friday night. Mathias Cormann will stay in his role as minister for finance and failed leadership challenger Peter Dutton retained a reduced home affairs portfolio.

The departure of Ms Bishop, a rare female voice in the Australian government, has raised questions about whether she fell victim to party politics and a perceived glass ceiling for women in Canberra.

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Bishop's counterpart in the opposition Labor Party, Penny Wong, praised her "tireless work ethic", adding that her "commitment to standing up for Australia both here and overseas has never been in question".

She attracted no votes from her home state of Western Australia. He said Angus Taylor, a Dutton supporter, would be the new energy minister.

"I have not taken this decision lightly, but the significant challenges we faced last week took a massive toll, both emotionally and physically, hence my decision to take a step back, and consider what my future holds", Mr Laundy said in a statement on Monday.

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His party will already have to contest a by-election for Mr Turnbull's harbourside electorate in Sydney, traditionally a safe Liberal seat.

She said Mr Morrison would make a "very fine Prime Minister". Mr Morrison confirmed Senator Payne would take the foreign portfolio as part of his reshuffle yesterday.

Newly-selected prime minister has Scott Morrison has addressed the media after winning today's vote. Mr Turnbull's resignation from Parliament was expected in the coming week.

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



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