Everything you need to know about Julie Bishop, who just announced she is resigning from Australian politics

Julie Bishop/ FacebookJulie Bishop

Julie Bishop, the former Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party is resigning and will not contest her Western Australian seat of Curtain at the upcoming election.

Her resignation follows months of speculation over her future within the leadership party after last year’s leadership spill, which saw Scott Morrison replace Malcolm Turnbull.

Throughout her career in local politics, which spanned two decades and included roles such as Deputy Leader, she was a “giant of the Liberal Party” and a champion of women in leadership.

“Julie was one of Australia’s truly great foreign ministers. In the Liberal Party she will take her place alongside the greatest foreign ministers of our history: Casey, Hasluck and Downer,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

“Julie is enormously popular with party members across Australia and for more than a decade, in addition to her travels as foreign Minister, Julie has hit the highways and byways of our country in support of our Members and candidates.

“On behalf of the Party and the Government, I wish Julie well in the next chapter of her life. I have no doubt it will be a roaring success.”

Here’s a quick rundown of Bishop’s personal life and political career to date.

Julie Isabel Bishop was born in 1956 in the Adelaide Hills, and grew up on an apple and cherry orchard. She is the third of four children to Douglas and Isabel.

Wikipedia CommonsThe Adelaide Hills region.

The orchard was destroyed by the Black Sunday bushfires the year before she was born.

“My childhood was spent in the shadow of the impact of the devastation,” she says. “[The orchard] didn’t turn a profit until the 1970s.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

She attended Basket Range Primary School and later St Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School.

St Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ SchoolSt Peter’s Collegiate Girls’ School.

At 13, she captained a school debating team to victory, arguing that Vietnam War demonstrations were a waste of time. In her later years she was also head prefect.

“If I have something to say, I won’t be wasting my time demonstrating on the steps of Parliament. I’ll make sure my voice is heard inside Parliament,” she said.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

In 1975, Bishop worked in a hotel bar in Uraidla, in the Adelaide Hills, pouring beer.


“She’d be doing an assignment between serving customers,” said her former boss, Leigh Whicker.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

Bishop graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide in 1978 and attended Harvard Business School in Boston in 1996, completing the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers. In 2017, the University of Adelaide awarded Minister Bishop the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University for her contribution to Australian parliamentary service.

The University of AdelaideThe University of Adelaide.

Source: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

After graduating university she became the first female articled clerk at an established law firm, and later at the age of 26, became a partner at the law firm Mangan, Ey & Bishop. And later was a commercial litigation lawyer at Perth firm Clayton Utz, becoming a partner in 1985, and managing partner in 1994.

Andrew Sheargold/Getty ImagesJulie Bishop.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, The Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

In 1983, Bishop married Neil Gillon. The marriage lasted five years. She has never remarried but been involved with former Liberal Senator Ross Lightfoot and former Perth Lord Mayor Peter Nattrass. Her current partner is property developer David Panton.

Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via GC ImagesJulie Bishop and partner David Panton.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

In 1998, Bishop was first elected as the member of parliament for Curtin in Western Australia.


Julie Bishop/ FacebookJulie Bishop supporters.

Her family has deep political roots. Her grandfather was a close friend of Sir Thomas Playford, legendary South Australian Premier, and both her mother and her grandfather were mayor of the local council in the Adelaide Hills.

Source: The Parliament of Australia, The New Daily.

In 2003, she was made Minister of Ageing under Prime Minister John Howard, and later that year also became the Minister for Education, Science and Training, and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women’s Issues.

Jonathan Wood/Getty ImagesJulie Bishop

Source: The Parliament of Australia.

In 2007, while in the Opposition, Bishop was elected deputy leader of the Liberal Party under Brendan Nelson and, one year later, under Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership, she added shadow treasurer to her job title.

ANSTO via Getty ImagesJulie Bishop

During this time, she forgot the Reserve Bank cash interest rate in an early interview, faced two accusations of plagiarism, and failed to match then-treasurer Wayne Swan. Four months after accepting the post of shadow treasurer, she quit, but retained the deputy leadership.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

In 2010, she cemented her reputation as having a killer death stare during a heated Q&A segment on border protection.

Watch it here, and try not to shiver.

Source: YouTube.

Minister Bishop was sworn in as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister in September 2013, following four years in the role of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Matt Roberts/Getty ImagesJulie Bishop

Source: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Despite now spending most of her time in Canberra, or abroad, Bishop’s watch is always set to West Australian time. The Sydney Morning Herald suggests it gives her two extra hours at the end of each day.


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bishop led the development of the 2017 Australian Foreign Policy White Paper, introduced the New Colombo Plan, established the innovationXchange within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and has strengthened Australia’s key strategic and economic relationships with Pacific Island countries.

Julie Bishop/ FacebookJulie Bishop (C).

Source: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Bishop also playing a lead role in the international response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine for which she was awarded the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 2014.

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty ImagesJulie Bishop

Source: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Bishop is an avid fan of Twitter and emoji. In 2015, she tweeted 100 times in just three hours, and even shares her birthday with World Emoji Day.

Source: Business Insider, Business Insider.

Among her many political titles, Bishop is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, been a director of the West Coast Eagles AFL club, chair of the Western Australia Town Planning Appeals Tribunal, member of Murdoch University Senate and the Anglican Schools Commission, director of the Special Broadcasting Service, and the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

Julie Bishop/ FacebookJulie Bishop (L).

Source: The New Daily.

She was inducted into the WA Women Hall of Fame in 2011.

Julie Bishop/ FacebookJulie Bishop

Source: The New Daily.

She is often seen running in the early morning or evening. In fact she allows 45 minutes each day for exercise, and can shower, and be dressed ready to work again in just 25 minutes.

Julie Bishop/ FacebookJulie Bishop (Front, C)

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald.

Following Friday’s leadership spill, new Liberal Party leader Scott Morrison named Josh Frydenburg the new deputy party leader, ousting Bishop. Today she announced she would also resign from Cabinet.

Australia’s incoming Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) and deputy Liberal leader Josh Frydenberg attend a press conference in Canberra on August 24, 2018. – Scott Morrison was installed as Australia’s seventh prime minister in 11 years on August 24 after a stunning Liberal party revolt instigated by hardline conservatives unseated moderate Malcolm Turnbull. Josh Frydenberg, the environment and energy minister, was selected as deputy Liberal leader. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Source: Business Insider.

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.