MP Julie Bishop reveals how lonely Australian politics can be for women

Lisa Maree Williams/ GettyJulie Bishop

Julie Bishop, Australia’s minister for foreign affairs from 2013 to 2018 and deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018, said that politics can be isolating and lonely if you’re a woman, ABC News reports.

Speaking in Sydney, Bishop spoke about the tough times she endured during her 20-year career in politics, where she was the only female at the cabinet table at one point.

“It can be pretty lonely,” she said. “You keep very much to yourself as a woman.

“You don’t go out drinking with the boys — it’s just not the same camaraderie.”

Bishop went on to claim that “Parliament House is not a family-friendly place.”

Bishop made her comments on an all-female panel where she also proposed a radical change to the way Federal Parliament works.

She wants politicians to be given the opportunity to vote remotely and she believes that political culture can be changed if politicians spend less time in Parliament.

“It’s extraordinary that in this day and age, we have to have physical voting, you have to be physically present to vote,” she said.

“I was in Ukraine years ago, they have electronic voting in Ukraine and we can’t seem to manage it in Australia.”

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