E&OE… JULIE BISHOP:           Mr Speaker, I seek your indulgence to make a brief statement. SPEAKER:                   The Member for Curtin may proceed. JULIE BISHOP:           Mr Speaker, during the past few weeks, I have had the opportunity to closely consider the future of the Coalition Government and the pending general election. I have closely observed Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Liberal National team in the Parliament, in Question Time, in the party room, in press conferences, and elsewhere. And it is evident that the policy platform that we will take to the next election is crystallising, based on the very [...]

February 21st, 2019|


JULIE BISHOP:           Ladies and gentlemen, I simply love Hong Kong. Thank you to Andrew, Jacinta and the Australian Chamber of Commerce team for hosting us here today and for the work that they do in supporting the 1,400 or more members of the Chamber, who represent the strength and the diversity of the Australia-Hong Kong relationship. And also a special shout out to Ian Robinson. I understand there’s an important birthday coming up this year too, Ian, and thank you for all the work that you’ve done in founding this extraordinary chamber.   I have visited Hong Kong many, many [...]

February 2nd, 2019|


E&OE… JULIE BISHOP: I’m absolutely delighted to welcome you here to my electorate office for the last 20 years. I particularly want to pay tribute this evening to Danielle Blain, the Liberal Party’s first female State President in Western Australia, for coming up with this initiative and being a driving force behind it. I also pay tribute to Fay Duda, the second female State President of the Liberal Party in Western Australia, for endorsing and supporting this brilliant idea. I acknowledge my federal colleagues, particularly Melissa Price and Linda Reynolds and also my state colleagues, particularly Liza Harvey, and the [...]

December 18th, 2018|

Women in building and construction lunch, Perth

E&OE… JULIE BISHOP: Thank you Sharri, thank you John, to the Master Builders Association and Bankwest, I’m delighted to be at this luncheon to celebrate the achievements of women in building and construction. And may I add my congratulations to Aly as the first female Apprentice of the Year? And may she pave the way for many others to follow. I thought I’d talk about being a first female, and I was honoured five years ago to be appointed as our Foreign Minister, the first woman to take that role in over 100 years. I thought at the time that I [...]

November 30th, 2018|

La Trobe University, Bold Thinking Series, Melbourne

E&OE… JULIE BISHOP: I'm absolutely delighted to be here this evening for the La Trobe University Bold Thinking Series. This evening I'll speak about a number of issues that are challenging the ideals of liberal democracies around the world, and indeed here in Australia, and what appears to be a declining confidence in government. First some context. Modern democracies evolved to avoid the violent change of governments which were being routinely overthrown by disgruntled citizens or rival factions or external invaders and often through revolution, disrupting the old system and bringing in a new system. The ballot box, the non-violent [...]

November 22nd, 2018|

Ocean Respect Racing, Wild Oats X Launch, Woolwich Dock, Sydney

E&OE… JULIE BISHOP: Thank you Michelle and Stacey. Yes we did plan this weather to show the different types of conditions! History is filled with stories of women - particularly young females - who take to disguising themselves as men in order to take part in the man's world. Female authors used to use male pseudonyms, in fact, the first women to ever circumnavigate the globe was a French woman who disguised herself as a sailor to get aboard the French naval vessel back in the 18th century. But let's fast forward to today when Stacey Jackson's Ocean Respect Racing [...]

November 22nd, 2018|

Western Suburbs Business Association Breakfast, Perth

E&OE… JULIE BISHOP: I liked your analogy of the number of Andrews compared with the number of female CEOs. I also understand that there are more men named Andrew in the Federal Parliament than there are women in the federal Cabinet. #justsaying. Thank you for your introduction and Nicole, thank you for your kind and generous words. You talked about your dream job. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I lost my dream job - with the end of the footy season, I'm no longer the number one ticket with the West Coast Eagles! It's good to be here in [...]

November 16th, 2018|

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|