Julie Bishop is a giant of the Liberal Party and she has been a ground breaker for women in public life. Julie has been a good friend. I have valued her judgement, appreciated her insight and admired the tireless way she has served the Party, the Parliament and Australia.
On behalf of the Government and the Liberal Party, I thank Julie for her great service to Australia for nearly two decades.
Julie was Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 – 2018 and played a critical role in our election to Government in 2013.
As the first woman to be Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party and the first woman to be Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie’s place in the Liberal Party pantheon and in the history of the Howard Government and this Government is secure.
There are many achievements from her time as Foreign Minister in which Julie can be proud: the New Colombo Plan, the establishment of the DFAT innovationXchange and strengthening Australia’s relations throughout the Pacific.
However, I believe her greatest achievement was her work in the days after flight MH17 was brutally felled. Julie’s judgment, determination and energy helped secure a United Nations Security Council resolution that ensured Australia and its partners could repatriate the victims of that terrible crime. Australia has not forgotten those terrible days and still waits for the perpetrators of that crime to be brought to justice.
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.
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.