Australia has generally been well served by our foreign ministers and Ms Bishop was no exception to that tradition.
It's a job where mistakes are amplified on international stages, and one where discrete relationships built within a myriad of foreign governments underpin the achievements, often unheralded, in our global relationships.
Julie Bishop had been a consistent success.
The long flights, the sleepless nights, the interminable state dinners pretending that Ambassador X is fascinating company, the multiple instances of cheerfully not minding when some foreign leader mistakes her for the wife of the Australian foreign minister; all of it has worked.
Ms Bishop said it had been an “immense honour” to be Australia’s first female foreign minister and to be succeeded by her colleague Marise Payne as the second woman in the post. “We should be so proud of our reputation and the high regard in which we are held as a nation – an open, liberal democracy committed to freedoms and the rule of law and democratic institutions,” she said.
Speaking without notes, in a suffragette-white dress, Bishop spoke of her achievements since she first came to Canberra in 1998. 21 years in Parliament & 11 years as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs. In many ways Julie has been the glue that held the party together over more than a decade, soothed the backbench and deployed energy and emotional intelligence through the leaderships of four different men; Howard, Abbott, Turnbull & now Morrison.
Here’s to an extraordinary woman. A great example to many others, including myself. May future leaders be as good as Julie was. @juliebishopmp
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