Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigns from Cabinet

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigns from Cabinet

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop resigns from Cabinet

Morrison must call a federal election by May 2019, but could face by-elections in two seats before that as Turnbull has said he plans to leave parliament soon and former foreign minister Julie Bishop, who stepped down on the weekend, could also quit.

In a statement posted online, Bishop, 62, announced: "today I advised the Prime Minister that I will be resigning from my Cabinet position as Minister for Foreign Affairs".

Ms Bishop said: "I will remain on the backbench as a strong voice for Western Australia".

Morrison said his new cabinet would "restore stability to the government" after the turmoil of the past week.

Ms Bishop secured just 11 votes in the first ballot.

"Minister Dutton, as the minister for home affairs, will be focusing on everything from cybersecurity through to law enforcement, border protection, security agencies, and he'll have his focus more principally on this security tasks", Morrison told media on Sunday.

Mr Abbott also expressed his satisfaction with the result of last week's leadership spill despite challenger Peter Dutton's loss, declaring: "The era of the political assassin is over".

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West Australian MP Melissa Price will take on Environment, as Treasurer Josh Frydenberg's former role as Energy and Environment Minister is split, leaving prominent Dutton-backer Angus Taylor with the challenging Energy portfolio.

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"Be aware that this is a ruse trying to get her ahead of Morrison so he drops out and his votes to Dutton".

"He's more of a known quantity", she told RN Breakfast.

Mathias Cormann, a party powerbroker who backed Mr Dutton, retained his finance portfolio. Mr Turnbull's resignation from Parliament is expected in the coming week. "She's made an enormous contribution to the Liberal Party as a fundraiser - if anyone knows that I do", she said.

Turnbull had earlier given him Morrison his blessing to contest the leadership when he lost the majority support of his cabinet.

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