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'End of an era': Bishop announces her resignation from Parliament

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Australia's first female foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop will not recontest her seat in the upcoming federal election, saying "it is time for a new member to take her place".

Julie Bishop has announced she will not recontest the seat of Curtin at the next election, marking an end to nearly 21 years in parliament.

"I will not recontest the seat of Curtin at the next election," she told the House of Representatives on Thursday.

"I have been contacted by a number of talented, indeed, extraordinary, people, including women, who have indicated to me that should I not recontest the seat of Curtin, they would seek preselection from the Curtin division of the Liberal Party for that seat.

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"It is time for a new member to take my place," she said.

Her distinguished career in politics, which saw her serve as deputy under three Liberal leaders, will come to an end when the next general election is called

Member for Curtin Julie Bishop departs the chamber after she will not be contesting the seat of Curtin in the upcoming election.
Member for Curtin Julie Bishop departs the chamber after she will not be contesting the seat of Curtin in the upcoming election.
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The announcement comes months after she quit her role as foreign affairs minister, following a failed leadership bid in August last year.

After a turbulent week in the Liberal Party, which concluded with the end of Malcolm Turnbull's reign as Prime Minister, she tried for the top job but was only able to secure 11 votes, including her own, out of 85 MPs.

She has since served on the backbench as the member for Curtin, a seat which she has held since 1998. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged Ms Bishop's "tremendous service to her community, tremendous service to the party, the Liberal Party".

"Her successor will have big shoes to fill and we know that Julie has big shoes," he said.

Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop makes statement to the House of Representatives announcing her resignation from Parliament.
Former Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop makes statement to the House of Representatives announcing her resignation from Parliament.
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Opposition leader Bill Shorten paid tribute to Ms Bishop as a "trailblazer", citing her position as the first female foreign affairs minister and deputy Liberal leader.

"There can never be an another first and no matter what she does in the future," he said.

"It is the end of an era."

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Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was quick to offer his thanks following the resignation, tweeting that Ms Bishop was "our finest Foreign Minister". 

Despite her resignation, Ms Bishop said she believed the Coalition would win the upcoming federal election and said she would "work hard" to ensure a Liberal candidate wins her former seat.

"I will leave the seat of Curtin in very good shape, indeed, a winning position for the Liberal Party," she said.

"I will leave this place positive about the future, proud of the service that I have been able to give to my electorate of Curtin, my beloved Liberal Party, the state of Western Australia, and my country."

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