Julie Bishop resigns as foreign minister

JULIE Bishop has confirmed she has resigned from her position as Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Ms Bishop announced on Sunday that she would not be taking part in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s cabinet.

It comes two days after she stepped down as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party after losing Friday’s leadership spill.


“It has been an honour,” Ms Bishop said on Twitter.

In a brief statement, Ms Bishop said she would be stepping down as foreign minister and returning to the backbench.

“Today I advised the prime minister that I will be resigning from my Cabinet position as minister for foreign affairs,” Ms Bishop said.

“I will remain on the backbench as a strong voice for Western Australia.

“I have been pre-selected by the Liberal Party for the seat of Curtin and I have made no decision regarding the next election.”

Ms Bishop was Australia’s most senior woman in government, having been Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party for more than a decade, and served as Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2013.