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AUSTRALIA: Julie Bishop resigns as foreign minister

Julie Bishop resigns as Australian foreign affairs minister

The long-serving foreign minister returned to Perth on Saturday.

The Australian outpost of Madame Tussauds is tired of political leaders being thrown out of office before it has time to finish their statues.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Sunday she has resigned from new Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Cabinet, two days after a bruising leadership battle that toppled former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

The museum said work on a wax figure depicting Mr Turnbull, intended for display...

Ms Bishop did not directly address questions about last week's leadership spill, in which she finished behind new PM Scott Morriosn and challenger Peter Dutton in a party room ballot.

Bishop, a rare female voice in the Australian government, had put her hand up to be one of three candidates to replace Turnbull.

But she fell well short, winning only 11 votes - including her own - in the partyroom vote of 85 MPs.

"This new Liberal-National team is a next-generation team".

Ms Forster, who is a City of Sydney councillor, said she had a strong record of championing Liberal Party values at a local government level.

Morrison flew on Monday to rural western Queensland state, where crops are failing, and ranchers are struggling to feed sheep and cattle after six years of drought.

"It was pretty lonely", the former lawyer said previous year, adding that she would suggest ideas which were ignored until copied by her male colleagues.

Mr Morrison has made no other appointments yet, but has indicated Mr Dutton and former finance minister Mathias Cormann would be welcome back.

But the conversation between Morrison supporters shows politicians were encouraged to vote for Mr Morrison over Ms Bishop in the first round. Christopher Pyne and Steve Ciobo are possible replacements for Bishop in the Foreign Affairs portfolio.

Morrison said his new cabinet will provide necessary stability to the government and bring fresh ideas to tackle big challenges.

And Ms Bishop, even though no one really expects her to go around again (unless Mr Morrison implodes and the party begs her to lead it), will want a say in who succeeds her.

"Cormann rumoured to be putting some WA votes behind Julie Bishop in round 1", a message purporting to be from Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher broadcast on Insiders read.

Morrison was sworn in as the country's 30th leader late on Friday after a bitter Liberal Party revolt against moderate Turnbull driven by a hardline conservative faction.