Following enormous pressure from her colleagues and a performance so bad not even former mentor Noel Crichton-Browne could have thought it any good, the Liberal Deputy Leader Julie Bishop has decided to quit as Shadow Treasurer.
We understand she plans to stay as Deputy Leader. Liberal insiders say Turnbull is keen not to humiliate his Deputy further and will give her the senior responsibility of Foreign Affairs. Joe Hockey – the man principally drumming up criticism of Bishop – has been rewarded and will become Shadow Treasurer.Â
She told a press conference in Perth that she wanted the job to “ensure that Australia’s international standing and reputation was maintained.”
The development comes as the Prime Minister himself stands accused of plagiarism in a small part of his lengthy article in Monthly magazine. Repeated allegations of plagiarism and incompetence had dogged Bishop since her elevation as Shadow Treasurer.