Bishop passes pub test

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

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.

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