Western Suburbs Weekly - - Opinion -

JULIE Bishop was never go­ing to be­come Prime Min­is­ter of Australia this week. But she will have the top job in the fu­ture. The Curtin MHR has earnt the re­spect of Aus­tralian and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­ni­ties since be­com­ing the coun­try’s first fe­male for­eign min­is­ter fol­low­ing the Lib­er­als’ 2013 Fed­eral Elec­tion win. Ms Bishop wasn’t afraid to re­veal she at­tended a video con­fer­ence with the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee in her py­ja­mas fol­low­ing the dev­as­tat­ing MH17 plane crash. She also stood up to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin in the af­ter­math of the tragedy and en­sured Aus­tralians were able to help in Africa’s ebola cri­sis with­out com­pro­mis­ing lo­cals’ health on their re­turn. But she’s not well known enough to lead the coun­try. Dur­ing the 2013 Fed­eral Elec­tion, a vol­un­teer tried to hand her a how-to-vote card at a polling booth. Ms Bishop is an as­set to the Curtin Elec­torate and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in her role as For­eign Min­is­ter but her reign as prime min­is­ter will be short-lived if she takes the gi­ant step to lead­er­ship too soon. Denise S. Cahill


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