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|

Keynote Address: The future of Australia-UK Relations, London

Speech, check against delivery Chatham House, London 19 July 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I am delighted to be here at Chatham House and may I pay tribute to the role that this famous institution has played in supporting the principle of free speech, which we must continue to uphold and defend. I am in London for the inaugural Australia-UK Leadership Forum and also the annual Australia-UK Ministerial Dialogue. This will be my first opportunity to meet new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and there are many issues for us to discuss. I am then on my way to San Francisco for the annual [...]

July 19th, 2018|

Keynote Address: Australia’s Pacific Partnerships, Queensland

Speech, check against delivery Forde, Queensland 9 July 2018 JULIE BISHOP:         Aunty Robyn, thank you so much for that wonderful Welcome to Country - you do us proud. High Commissioners, Ambassadors, friends of Australia, friends of the Pacific, I’m absolutely delighted to be here this afternoon, hosted by the Member for Forde and my very good friend Bert van Manen, along with so many members of Australia’s magnificent Pacific community. Thank you for the contribution you make to your community, to Queensland and to Australia. I’ll talk today about Australia’s partnerships in the Pacific and I couldn’t [...]

July 9th, 2018|

Keynote address at the Malaria World Congress, Melbourne

Speech, check against delivery Melbourne 2 July 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I am delighted to welcome all delegates here to Melbourne, the most liveable city on the planet, to this inaugural Malaria World Congress. Among the many esteemed delegates, please allow me to acknowledge Sir Puka Temu, the Minister for Health from Papua New Guinea, indeed, a medical practitioner who has spent some time working in hospitals in Melbourne and Sydney, welcome Sir Puka. Ken Staley, the US Global Malaria Eradication Coordinator, appointed by the US President - we are delighted to have our friends from the United States here as well. [...]

July 2nd, 2018|

Launching the Australia Norway Oceans Dialogue, Canberra

Speech, check against delivery Canberra 23 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I’m absolutely delighted to be here at the inaugural bilateral Australia-Norway ocean dialogue. I particularly welcome Deputy Minister Hagen and Ambassador Klovstad, and the representatives from the Norwegian ministry and agencies, and likewise my Australian colleagues, and welcome to both delegations. Australia and Norway are close friends. We have warm and friendly relations, and we have a significant Norwegian diaspora in Australia, and so our people-to-people connections keep us as close friends. We’re also likeminded in our view of the world. We share a common belief in the importance of the [...]

June 23rd, 2018|

Address at Vogue Codes, Sydney

Speech, E&OE Sydney 22 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I congratulate Vogue on initiating this extraordinary event, hosting Vogue Codes with sponsors, to focus on the issue of women in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. Let me make a couple of observations. First, no country can reach its full potential unless and until it embraces and engages with and utilises the skills and talents and intellect and energy of the 50 per cent of its population that is female. Secondly, technology surrounds us. Technological advances are disrupting the way we live and work and engage, and it is on a [...]

June 22nd, 2018|

Address to the 60th Liberal Federal Council, Sydney

Speech, check against delivery Sydney 16 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           Prime Minister, Premiers, parliamentary colleagues, delegates - I thank you all for attending this 60th Federal Council meeting, and I pay tribute to you for your support of the Liberal Party, the most constructive and positive political movement in Australia. Much work goes on behind the scenes in the lead-up to a Federal Council, including policy deliberations across the country by our Liberal Party members, our branches, and within our divisions. Our party is a policy powerhouse and through that foundation and the implementation of our policies, the Liberal Party has [...]

June 16th, 2018|

Speech at Banksia Ignite Launching Australia’s first report on the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals, Sydney

Speech, check against delivery Sydney 15 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           Good morning everybody and thank you Uncle Michael Allen for that delightful Welcome to Country. I thank the Banksia Foundation and all the partners here today for hosting this event which is designed to communicate to the Australian people the aspirations, the ideals and philosophy behind the Sustainable Development Goals. I think it is so appropriate to align this event with Vivid Sydney - what an extraordinary event that has been for this beautiful city. The Sustainable Development Goals have been agreed by all nations. This is a remarkable outcome. There [...]

June 15th, 2018|

Speech, Australian British Chamber of Commerce, Sydney

Speech, check against delivery Sydney 14 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:  Thank you for that delightful introduction and thank you to the sponsors. I am absolutely delighted to be here to address the Australian British Chamber of Commerce and I acknowledge the British Consul-General, friends of Australia, friends of Britain. What a week it has been in international affairs! We started with the G7 meeting in Quebec. Now, these are our closest friends and partners. It was the G8 and it now risks becoming the G6 with the US joining Russia in the sin bin. Then the United States blamed Canada for [...]

June 14th, 2018|

Keynote speech at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Leaders event

Speech, check against delivery 8 June 2018 JULIE BISHOP:           I am absolutely delighted to be here this afternoon and great to see Michael O'Brien my state colleague and to address this gathering of business leaders with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. When we were discussing my appearance here today it was suggested that I might wish to talk about leadership and given that we have a state election coming up, and then a federal election thereafter, I thought that perhaps I could touch on leadership insofar as it affects foreign affairs. Indeed, as Mike mentioned I am in [...]

June 8th, 2018|