MHR takes stock of a mixed year
CURTIN MHR Julie Bishop was having a rare sleep-in and break from her running routine in Canberra on Saturday, November 14.
But a phone call about 5am woke her providing the first details about the terror attacks that had occurred in Paris.
“My first thought was for any Australians over there,” Ms Bishop said.
As Foreign Affairs Minister, Ms Bishop said she would continue to engage with foreign ministers from around the world about co-ordinating law enforcement and security in Australia and for Australians travelling overseas.
She said security in Perth was part of discussions in her role on the National Security Committee.
The Paris attacks were among several lowlights in 2015 for Ms Bishop.
She recalled the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as well as the emergence of foreign terror in Syria and Iraq as negatives of 2015.
Highlights for the Deputy Leader include establishing the Innovation Exchange that encourages people to come up with new and creative ways to deal with foreign aid problems.
Ms Bishop said her work with the United Nations general assembly was also a positive.
With Christmas looming, Ms Bishop said spending the festive season with family and friends was a simple pleasure for her.
Along with using Apple’s new emojis, particularly the ‘eye roll’ that is her current favourite.
Curtin MHR Julie Bishop.