MHR takes stock of a mixed year

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By Denise S. Cahill

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.

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