Interview with Tim McMillan, 882 6PR, Perth

26 September 2018 E&OE… TIM MCMILLAN:       Julie Bishop joins us on the program. Good morning Julie. JULIE BISHOP:           Good morning Tim and what a great week it is in the lead up to the Grand Final. TIM MCMILLAN:       Yes, a few more sleeps to go. I do want to speak to you about a couple of other issues as well but let’s get to the most important issue at the moment, Julie, the Grand Final. You are the Eagles Number 1 ticket holder. Can I ask do they look after your getting over there and a decent seat at [...]

September 26th, 2018|

Doorstop Interview, Parliament House, Canberra

13 September 2018   DOORSTOP INTERVIEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE, CANBERRA E&OE… JOURNALIST:             Do you agree with Mr Turnbull that Peter Dutton should be referred to the High Court? JULIE BISHOP:           That’s a matter for the Prime Minister or indeed the Leader of the Opposition to determine. If there is a vote on the matter I will make my mind up at that time, but of course we want clarity around the standing of all Members of Parliament. JOURNALIST:             Is the best option for Peter Dutton to actually voluntarily refer himself? JULIE BISHOP:           That is a matter for Peter Dutton. We all [...]

September 13th, 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|

Radio interviwe with Stephen Dziedzic, ABC Pacific Beat

STEPHEN DZIEDZIC: Australia's Foreign Minister has called on other countries, to step up their aid contributions to Pacific Island nations. Julie Bishop made the comments while she has been in Samoa, and came after the Lowy Institute released a landmark analysis showing that Australia is still by far the largest aid donor in the region, but China has made plenty of big promises which could see it close the gap with Australia in the future. The issue of Australian and Chinese aid in Samoa has recently had increased attention, after the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele made some rather pointed comments [...]

August 10th, 2018|

Doorstop, Apia, Samoa

Transcript, E&OE Apia, Samoa 9 August 2018 JOURNALIST: The Lowy Institute has found that Australia is still by far the most significant donor to the Pacific Island but your contribution has still fallen from $1.2 billion to $800 million. Will this strategy continue or will it be stabilised? JULIE BISHOP: Those figures are, in fact, not correct. The Australian aid investment in the Pacific is at a record level, $1.3 billion this year and in 2016 the figure you quoted, it was actually over $1.1 billion. I think the mistake was that people are using US dollars whereas the Pacific [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Radio interview with Fran Kelly, ABC RN Breakfast

FRAN KELLY: The debate over Chinese influence in the Pacific will be further fuelled today by a new report that shows the Beijing will soon overtake Australia as being the biggest donor to the region. China has showered more than $1 billion on Pacific nations since 2011 but has pledged almost $6 billion more. While Australia remains the number one donor by a long way, aid from Canberra has decreased over this same period. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will release this report today at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum, she joins us from Samoa. Julie Bishop, welcome back [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Doorstop, Samoa

JOURNALIST: The Lowy Institute has found that Australia is still by far the most significant donor to the Pacific Island but your contribution has still fallen from $1.2 billion to $800 million. Will this strategy continue or will it be stabilised? JULIE BISHOP: Those figures are, in fact, not correct. The Australian aid investment in the Pacific is at a record level, $1.3 billion this year and in 2016 the figure you quoted, it was actually over $1.1 billion. I think the mistake was that people are using US dollars whereas the Pacific and Australia use Australian dollar statistics, and that doesn’t [...]

August 9th, 2018|

Press conference with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini

JULIE BISHOP: Good afternoon. I am delighted to welcome to Sydney, Australia, High Representative Federica Mogherini from the EU. Federica and I have become close friends over the years that we have been in our respective roles, but this is her first official visit to Australia and we are delighted to have Federica and her delegation here. We meet on so many occasions around the world, and we have shared views and perspectives on many occasions. It has been a pleasure to have an in-depth and very thoughtful discussion with you today. Australia and the EU are natural partners. In fact, [...]

August 8th, 2018|

Interview with Georgie Gardner, Today Show, Bali

GEORGIE GARDNER: Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joins us now from Bali. Minister, good morning to you. The death toll is edging towards a hundred, as you know, many more injured. What’s the latest? Are any Australians among those injured? JULIE BISHOP: Good morning Georgie. The death toll is rising, we understand it is about 98 at this stage, it could well go higher. There are no reports of any Australian casualties or serious injury. We are providing consular support to a number of Australians. We have sent five of our consular staff from Jakarta and Bali consulate to Lombok and they are [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Interview with Natalie Barr, Sunrise, Jakarta

NATALIE BARR: It’s the second earthquake to strike Indonesia in recent days, with tremors felt as far away as Jakarta. Joining us now, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who is in Bali today. Morning to you, Minister. You landed in Indonesia shortly after the quake hit. The pictures we’re seeing are devastating. How bad is it on the ground? JULIE BISHOP: Good morning Nat. The death toll is continuing to rise. The authorities put it at about 98 but it could well go higher. The damage on Lombok island is widespread. The epicentre of the quake was in northern Lombok and so we’ve [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Interview with Kieran Gilbert, Sky News, Bali

KIERAN GILBERT:      Minister Julie Bishop joins me and Minister I know you arrived in Bali just minutes after that magnitude 7 quake. Can you give us an update on what the response is and any Australians caught up in it? JULIE BISHOP:           Thanks Kieran. The death toll is rising, local authorities now put it at about 98, but it could well go higher and our thoughts are with the families of those affected by this earthquake. It is the second in a week and it's a very significant one. There were aftershocks last night. There is widespread damage on Lombok [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Interview with Dewata TV, Indonesia

JOURNALIST: Indonesia and Australia have a unique relationship as neighbours. There have been many of ups and downs between the two countries. However, the positive side is both countries keep cooperating for the benefit of other countries and the world. Now, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is here with me in this beautiful garden. Thank you for having me. JULIE BISHOP: Delighted to be here. JOURNALIST: I cannot figure it out, you’ve had this really long trip, you have this Bali Process and I’m also aware you just had arrived in Bali after the earthquake happened. JULIE BISHOP: Indeed, I have been travelling throughout Southeast [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Press conference with Retno Marsudi, Indonesian Foreign Minister

RETNO MARSUDI: I’m here with Minister Julie Bishop. I’d like to continue in Indonesian. There are a few points I want to make about the results of the Seventh Bali Process Ministerial Conference. Firstly, we saw very strong enthusiasm from all participants and this was demonstrated by the level and number of participants at this meeting – 281 delegates from 46 countries and 10 international organisations – and of the participants, 26 were ministers or ministerial-level. The next point is that the spirit of collaboration was so high during the conference and all delegates commended the role of the Bali Process. [...]

August 7th, 2018|

Doorstop at the Annika Linden Centre, Bali

JULIE BISHOP: Good morning. I arrived in Bali last evening for the Bali Process meeting that I’ll be co-chairing with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi over the next two days.  Last night there was a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Lombok, the second in a week.  There have been reports of loss of life and widespread damage and I understand the latest death toll is at 82.  I extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Indonesia and particularly those who have been directly affected by this natural disaster.  The Australian Government stands with the Indonesian Government in offering our support, should that [...]

August 6th, 2018|

Doorstop interview with Andrew Forrest, Co-chair of the Bali Process Government and Business Forum, Bali

JOURNALIST: About the Bali Process Government and Business Forum, what do you expect from this year’s meeting and what could be a possible change from the last year’s meeting in Perth in 2017? Is there any progress since last year? JULIE BISHOP: Yes, there is progress. We’ve had many achievements over the last twelve months. The Bali Process brings together 45 countries and around four international organisations to focus on the issues of people smuggling, human trafficking, modern slavery, and child labour and other transnational crimes and we are seeing a great deal of collaboration and cooperation between the member countries. In [...]

August 6th, 2018|

Doorstop in Surabaya, Indonesia

JULIE BISHOP: I’m very pleased to be here in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia, on the occasion of the official opening of Australia’s fourth diplomatic mission in Indonesia, here in Surabaya. This underscores the strength of our bilateral trade and investment relationship and the opportunity that Australia sees in the growing area of East Java. Australia and Indonesia have a close and enduring partnership. We work together on many areas of close cooperation, from security and intelligence to education, tourism, governance. In fact, I’ve just spent some time with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Singapore for the ASEAN-related Foreign [...]

August 5th, 2018|

Interview with Frances Suni, GMN TV, Timor-Leste

FRANCES SUNI:         Minister, welcome back to Timor-Leste, and thank you very much for giving us your time for this interview. Just to quickly start, five years after your first visit, what difference can you tell now? JULIE BISHOP:           I'm delighted to be here, and thank you for having me on your program. I'm pleased to be here at a time when the new government is being formed and after Australia and Timor-Leste have signed the historic maritime boundary treaty in March of this year. The difference that I am seeing now is the level of cooperation between the Australian Government and [...]

August 2nd, 2018|

Interview with David Lipson, ABC The World, Malaysia

DAVID LIPSON: Foreign Minister, thanks for your time. You've just met with Malaysia's 93-year-old comeback king, Mahathir Mohamad, the new Prime Minister here. Last time he was in power our two nations didn't get on so well. What is going to be different this time? JULIE BISHOP: It was some time ago and there's a real excitement about the new government here in Malaysia and Australia is looking forward to working closely with the new government. I have had high level meetings, not only with the Prime minister, but also with the Foreign Minister, the Defence Minister, the Attorney-General and the Deputy [...]

August 2nd, 2018|

Press conference with Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Malaysia

WAN AZIZAH WAN ISMAIL: I’m happy to receive the courtesy call by Her Excellency Julie Bishop, the Foreign Minister of Australia. First of all, I’m delighted to announce that Malaysia and Australia have agreed to hold a bilateral Gender Policy Dialogue in November, a key priority for us both, and this initiative will bring together Australian and Malaysian experts and allow them to exchange perspectives and experiences on issues to help inform on our respective gender policies and efforts to promote women empowerment. We, together, look forward to this building an ongoing stream of work and cooperation for our mutual benefit. [...]

August 1st, 2018|

Doorstop interview, Timor-Leste

JOURNALIST: Mr Jose Ramos Horta has asked that Australia not pursue the former ASIS agent or Witness K and his lawyer for exposing the bugging scandal. Will you intervene or drop the prosecution in the interest to relation with Timor-Leste? JULIE BISHOP: The Australian Government accepted that the advice of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to launch this prosecution. It's now a matter before the courts. It would be inappropriate for me to make any further comment. This is a domestic legal process within Australia. JOURNALIST: Could I ask, just on that, Foreign Minister, could I even ask how it could be [...]

July 31st, 2018|