Mon, 4 Mar, 2019
Julie Bishop delivers her parting shot: The one man she blames
Former foreign minister Julie Bishop has made a bold claim that she would have beaten the Labor Party if she had the support from her colleagues like she was led to believe.
In an interview with WA’s The Sunday Times, Bishop mentioned that the Coalition would be in a better position if her colleagues had picked her to lead the Liberal Party.
"I am now told that there was a view, led by Christopher Pyne and others, that even though I would have 28 votes – which was many more than Scott Morrison – it wouldn't be enough to beat Peter Dutton.”
Bishop was knocked out of the first round of voting, as she received 11 votes instead of the majority she was told she had.
"So, they wanted to make sure that happened," she told the paper.
"If I had known that was what their thinking was, I could have dissuaded them of it, but also I would have pointed out that the question was: Who could beat Bill Shorten?
"And I was confident that I could (beat Shorten).
"And that was Labor's thought too. I felt confident (of winning the leadership) after the assurances I had received over the phone.”
Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Despite the outcome not heading the way Bishop wanted, she’s not bitter.
"I always aimed to be foreign minister and I achieved that," she said.
"I am absolutely leaving on a high note."
Do you think Julie Bishop would have handled the pressures that come with being a Prime Minister? Let us know in the comments.