Bishop passes pub test
NO topic was off limits for Curtin MHR Julie Bishop at last month’s Politics at the Pub in Mt Hawthorn.
Foreign Affairs Minister Ms Bishop took questions from 150 Perth residents, who were able to enjoy a drink and ask a question at the Paddington Ale House.
“I have previously held a campaign launch at the Paddington Ale House; it has been a local institution in Mt Hawthorn for decades,” she said.
The Federal deputy Liberal leader answered more than a dozen queries, including concerns about nuclear proliferation between the US and Iran, women in senior positions and Australia’s involvement in US military action in Syria.
“Very rarely do you get opportunities for people to just come along and ask questions,” she said.
A few moments of laughter punctuated the hourlong question time, in what Ms Bishop said was a “great opportunity”.
6PR radio presenter Gary Adshead opened the evening by raising a front-page article in The Age newspaper about Andrew Hastie, Liberal candidate for the seat of Canning.
Ms Bishop defended the former Special Air Services officer, saying he had conducted himself with honesty and integrity.
“I was furious about the article; it brought into question his fitness to be in the SAS and in Parliament,” she said.
“The sad thing is, you put yourself up for office in Australia and it seems it’s fair game.”
On renewable energy, Ms Bishop described wind farms as “unattractive” and said she wished they were “not so big and obvious”.
Speaking about WA’s post-resources boom, Ms Bishop said it would not be the end of the mining and resources sector.
She said the Government would roll out its policy of development in northern Australia, “which is getting enormous interest across the world”.
Julie Bishop pulls a beer.