Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop quits in fallout of PM's ouster

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop quits in fallout of PM's ouster

Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop quits in fallout of PM's ouster

However, on Tuesday last week, after Dutton was unsuccessful in taking leadership of the Australian Liberal Party from Turnbull when the first of several internal party votes saw the prime minister retain his title as chief, Dutton resigned from Home Affairs and took a seat on the backbench while Morrison took interim responsibility of DHA.

Turnbull tweeted she "has been and remains an inspiring role model for women here and around the world".

Ms Bishop said the Maslins contacted her on the morning of Friday's leadership spill, encouraging her to run for the nation's top job on behalf of their children Mo, Evie and Otis, who were killed when their passenger jet was shot down over Ukraine in 2014.

Morrison named Marise Payne to replace Julie Bishop as foreign minister and promoted Christopher Pyne to oversee defence.

Dumping Malcolm Turnbull has smashed the Liberal vote, catapulting Bill Shorten ahead as the country's clear preferred prime minister, according to a new poll. Bishop, the party's deputy leader, reportedly secured just 11 votes out of 85 in the first round - significantly lower than Morrison and the third challenger, Peter Dutton.

Speaking to The West Australian, an emotional Ms Bishop ranked her fight to win justice for families who lost loved ones in the on MH17 as among her greatest achievements, and urged her successor to continue to pursue Russian authorities.

In an interview with The New York Times, Dutton said the experience has been a "love through the internet" that he'll always remember.

"I think in politics, especially in the Liberal party, it is far too easy to change the leader", she told ABC radio.

The 62-year-old was Australia's first female foreign minister and the Liberals' first female deputy leader.

"Australia is New Zealand's most important partner", said Ms Ardern.

The Department of Home Affairs was officially established in December 2017 which includes immigration and customs border policy functions, national security, emergency management and criminal justice functions, the Office of Transport Security from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development; multicultural affairs from the Department of Social Services; and the counter-terrorism coordination and cyber security policy functions from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Turnbull's resignation from parliament was expected in the coming week.

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