Opening Leon Percicles’ Retrospective Exhibition – ‘Just Scratching the Surface’, Perth

E&OE… JULIE BISHOP: Tonight we celebrate the prodigious talent of one of our very own, Leon Pericles. Such is the talent of this man that 50 years after his first exhibition, his distinctive style is still very much in demand across Australia and around the world. As this exhibition is so aptly named, we’re ‘Just Scratching the Surface’. Leon’s paintings and prints, etchings and collagraphs and sculptures are bright and busy and endlessly detailed, witty and charming and satirical. They are a joy to behold. I think that his work and this exhibition enables us to see life through his [...]

November 9th, 2018|

Future of women, Off The Record, Sydney

JULIE BISHOP: I thank Ally for that kind introduction, Helen McCabe, the instigator and genius behind this initiative. I am absolutely delighted to see so many people here this evening and allow me to acknowledge a few. My former colleague the Honourable Helen Coonan, my backbench colleague, and a warrior. Julia Banks was the only Liberal to take a seat off Labor in the 2016 election. My very dear friend - Natasha Stott-Despoja - whom I appointed as Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and who has been serving Australia since she entered the Senate at 26. And as we [...]

October 30th, 2018|

US Mission Award for Excellence, Us Embassy Canberra

JULIE BISHOP: Thank you Jim Caruso – the finest US Ambassador Australia never had. Former Ministerial staff, Frances Adamson, diplomats, ladies and gentlemen. I am deeply honoured and touched by this award medal in the name of Eleanor Roosevelt. I first became conscious of the role of the First Lady and the White House when I was about six-years old. We had National Geographic at home. I vividly recall being utterly captivated by a foldout glossy edition, featuring Jackie Kennedy’s renovation of the White House. I lay on the floor and poured over every frame endlessly. Of course she had [...]

October 24th, 2018|

Introducing Sir Frank Lowy AC, Lowy Institute, Sydney

13 September 2018 E&OE… JULIE BISHOP:           This evening I have the honour of introducing Mr Frank Lowy AC, Sir Frank. May I say at the outset, during my five years as Foreign Minister, I had the privilege of meeting many remarkable political and business leaders. Few have inspired more or deserved greater admiration than one of our nation’s finest citizens. The story of Frank Lowy reflects the quintessential truth of our good fortune as a nation – for we are arguably the most successful multicultural nation on earth, welcoming and embracing migrants from all across the globe. Our diversity is [...]

September 13th, 2018|

Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Awards, Sydney

5 September 2018   KEYNOTE SPEECH Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Awards, Sydney   E&OE… JULIE BISHOP:           Virginia, it’s not like me to detail what I meant by a particular act, but I have created a wave of red shoe emojis on every text message I have received since that date! Thank you for that introduction, I am delighted to be here at the Australian Women’s Weekly AGL Women of the Future Awards. I’m honoured to be one of the judges on the panel and I acknowledge Dame Quentin here today and I wish Tanya Plibersek had been able [...]

September 6th, 2018|

Doorstop, Senate Courtyard Parliament House

  E&OE… I am here this morning to say thank you. The chain of events that unfolded last week was at such a rapid pace that I had to make a number of, what some might say were life changing decisions, without giving them my usual due regard for the consequences. While I am very comfortable with the decisions that I have made there were a number of people that I didn’t speak to directly who are those most affected by them. First, I want to say to my Liberal colleagues, thank you for supporting me as the Deputy of [...]

August 28th, 2018|

Dame Enid Lyons Gala Dinner, Old Parliament House, Canberra

21 August 2018 E&OE… JULIE BISHOP:           To my parliamentary colleagues past and present, to the members of the Lyons family, to the many distinguished Liberals here this evening, to the friends of the Liberal Party. In 1902 Australia made history by becoming the first country to simultaneously grant women the right to vote and the right to stand for Parliament. It took us another 41 years for Enid Lyons to be the first woman elected to the House of Representatives in our national capital. It is fitting tonight we should celebrate her achievements, her 75th anniversary since she was [...]

August 21st, 2018|

Remarks at innovationXchange National Science Week Women in Science, Technology and Innovation event

Speech, check against delivery Canberra 13 August 2018 JULIE BISHOP:  It is an absolute delight to be here to mark National Science Week. I congratulate DFAT and Frances Adamson and Claire Walsh for hosting the function here at the innovationXchange with Sarah Pearson so that we can focus on the issue of science, technology and innovation right here in the innovationXchange. There is a lot of focus on the under representation of women in STEM and related areas, but isn’t it interesting that here I am as Australia’s first female Foreign Minister, acknowledging Australia’s first female Secretary of Department of [...]

August 13th, 2018|

Speech at the Western Australian Liberal State Conference, Perth

11 August 2018 SPEECH AT THE WESTERN AUSTRALIA LIBERAL STATE CONFERENCE PERTH E&OE… JULIE BISHOP: My parliamentary colleagues, State and Federal, the Federal President, State President Norman Moore - thank you for your service to our great Party - to the members and delegates and friends of the Liberal Party. Ours is the strongest political movement in Australia’s history for we have been elected to govern for the majority of the decades since our party was founded almost three quarters of a century ago. That is because our values, backed by our policies, offer the greatest hope for the greatest number [...]

August 11th, 2018|

Speech at the launch of the Lowy Institute Pacific Aid Road Map

JULIE BISHOP: Prime Minister Tuilaepa, Prime Ministers, Ministers of Pacific Islands nations, Dame Meg Taylor, diplomats, key guests, Michael Fullilove and Jonathan Pryke from the Lowy Institute, friends of Australia, friends of Samoa, friends of the Pacific. My Ministerial colleague Connie Fierravanti-Wells and I are delighted to be here with the Australian High Commissioner Sara Moriarty and our High Commission team on the eve of the Pacific Islands Forum, to be held here in Apia tomorrow. I well remember hosting the first Foreign Ministers Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Sydney in 2015 because since I became Foreign Minister in 2013 [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Remarks at the launch of Australia Pacific Training Coalition, Samoa

I am delighted to be here in Samoa, on the eve of the Pacific Islands Forum Ministers’ Meeting and to have this opportunity to meet with you and to undertake some very important events here in Samoa underscoring Australia’s commitment to a deep enduring relationship. Prime Minister, thank you for meeting with me this morning. We had a very productive and fruitful discussion, and I pay tribute to you for your leadership of this beautiful country over the past two decades, and the way we have worked so closely together to promote peace, stability, and prosperity for not only Samoa, [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Remarks at Samoa Parliament House ceremony, Samona

JULIE BISHOP:  Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Cabinet Ministers, Ministers, Parliamentarians, High Commissioner Sara Moriarty and the Australian High Commission team and distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. My Ministerial colleague, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and I are delighted to be here this afternoon on what we would call the soft opening of Maota Fono, this magnificent building. We were very much looking forward to seeing the construction work to date, and we are all looking forward to its final completion later this year. The Australian Government is pleased to assist in the rebuilding of Samoa’s [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Keynote address: Australia-Indonesia bilateral relations

JULIE BISHOP: Good Afternoon. It’s an absolute delight to be here, and I thank Governor-elect Khofifah for attending. We had a very productive meeting just a few moments ago. Consul General, Chris Barnes, thank you for you kind words Chris, our Deputy Ambassador, Allaster Cox. Ambassador Fauzi, I received a text from Ibu Retno just a short while ago, assuring me that you would be here. Fortunately I was able to text her back and say, “yes your Ambassador is here. She wasn’t checking on you but just making sure. The many distinguished guests, friends of Indonesia, friends of Australia. [...]

August 5th, 2018|

Remarks at the opening of Surabaya Australian Consulate-General

JULIE BISHOP: Governor Soekarwo, distinguished guests, friends of Australia, friends of Indonesia. In the last couple of days I have spent time with your Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ meetings in Singapore. During our many meetings, multilateral and regional, Ibu Retno and I remarked often how aligned our regional view was in relation to the challenges and opportunities across the Indo-Pacific. Together Australia and Indonesia are working to ensure we live in a prosperous, secure, free, open Indo-Pacific. We are longstanding partners across a range of areas and we are working together to deepen our trade [...]

August 5th, 2018|

Remarks at BRIDGE Program ten-year anniversary

JULIE BISHOP: I’m absolutely delighted to be here at SMA Muhammadiyah 2 on this beautiful East Javanese day. My congratulations to the students for their wonderful traditional dance performance and also the talented musicians who played the Australian anthem particularly well. Congratulations on your wonderful performance today. Educational exchanges and partnerships and investment in education is a pillar of the Australia-Indonesia relationship and together we are working to improve the lives of young people in Indonesia and in Australia. The BRIDGE Program is a remarkable example of the collaboration and cooperation between Australia and Indonesia. BRIDGE works as a noun [...]

August 5th, 2018|