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Bishop quits as Shadow Treasurer

Posted on 08/30/2019 | in 苏州半永久 | by

Embattled Liberal deputy leader Julie Bishop has quit as opposition treasury spokesperson after only four months in the job.

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Ms Bishop said she will remain as the deputy opposition leader and take over the foreign affairs portfolio.

Disquiet about Ms Bishop\’s failure to cut through on economic issues reached a fever pitch last week as some opposition MPs campaigned for her removal.

Ms Bishop, a former minister in the Howard government, had previously served as spokeswoman for workplace relations until Malcolm Turnbull won the leadership from Brendan Nelson in September last year.

Possible contenders for the treasury spokesperson\’s job include frontbenchers Joe Hockey, Peter Dutton and Andrew Robb.

Ms Bishop said she felt that she had fulfilled her obligations as opposition treasury spokesperson.

She told reporters that as deputy leader she had the option of choosing which portfolio she should step into, and that was foreign affairs.

“When our leader Malcolm Turnbull was elected last year, I chose the treasury portfolio because it had been something of a tradition in the Liberal Party for the deputy leader to hold that portfolio and because I believed that with Malcolm and others this would give the opposition a strong and effective team in the area of economic management,” she said.

Ms Bishop said the ongoing commentary about her role had been a distraction.

“While I believe I have carried out my duties as shadow treasurer diligently and competently, I have formed the opinion that the ongoing commentary on my role has been a distraction from the scrutiny that should have been applied to the government\’s reckless economic performance.”

Tough portfolio

Eralier frontbencher Dutton has refused to say whether Julie Bishop should continue as the federal party\’s treasury spokeswoman.

Pressure mounted on Ms Bishop after a series of blunders and recent polls showing the opposition is losing its mantle as a superior economic manager.

Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull had expressed complete confidence in Ms Bishop, but others in the party were believed to be pushing for a handover to limit damage caused by any forced transition.

Mr Dutton, assistant treasurer in the previous Howard government, said treasury was a tough shadow portfolio.

Bishop finds unlikely ally in Gillard

Julie Bishop is paying the price for the failings of her Liberal leader, Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard says.

But Ms Gillard said the coalition\’s inability to gain traction in debate on the economy was not Ms Bishop\’s fault, but rather due to the policy direction adopted by Mr Turnbull.

“I think Julie Bishop is being criticised for following Malcolm Turnbull\’s script,” Ms Gillard told the Nine Network on Sunday.

“Malcolm Turnbull\’s script about the global financial crisis has been no plans, no suggestions, wait and see, play politics.”

Ms Bishop had faithfully followed Mr Turnbull\’s directions, Ms Gillard said.

“And I do wonder whether it\’s Ms Bishop who should bear the criticism for Mr Turnbull\’s approach.”

However, Ms Bishop\’s predicament is also of her own making.

Since taking on the role of treasury spokeswoman in September, the Liberal deputy leader has been accused of plagiarism and has been responsible for a number of gaffes in relation to the economy.

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