JOURNALIST: Can you comment on the Australian political cycle, process, the way that has been conducted will affect ultimately our external relations?
JULIE BISHOP: I was Australia’s Foreign Minister for five years. In the life of some ministries that is an eternity. During that time I was able to establish very strong connections with the Obama Administration and then the Trump Administration. But of course our relationship with the United States is so deep and so broad that changes of personnel do not alter and the strength and the depth and the trust that exists between our two nations.
JOURNALIST: What does it mean to you personally receiving this award?
JULIE BISHOP: I’m deeply honoured and touched by the fact that the United States Embassy has recognised my role in this way. I’m a huge admirer of the work of Eleanor Roosevelt. To receive a commemorative medal in her name means a great deal to me. The fact that she had such a connection with the United Nations and with Australia, and that her work has inspired so many American women whom I have met and worked with has also been particularly special.
JOURNALIST: Do rushed foreign policy decisions affect Australia’s reputation and could the Jerusalem decision been handled slightly in a more organised way?
JULIE BISHOP: I don’t intend to provide a running commentary on foreign policy decisions. There is a new leader, and a new Foreign Minister. And Marise Payne will do a fine job representing Australia on the world stage and I’m particularly delighted that she has taken on the role. But I’ll leave it to Maurise and to the Prime Minister to talk about changes to foreign policy. Of course with a change of leader with the change of leader, the change of minister they are perfectly entitled to review foreign policy positions and no doubt will continue to do so.
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