The Australian foreign Minister has resigned


Dumped prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has informed his local supporters he will quit the parliament on Friday and trigger a by-election in his blue-ribbon Sydney seat.

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

"She has been an outstanding foreign minister."Turnbull on Sunday tweeted that Bishop, a longtime friend, had been Australia's finest foreign minister and an inspiring role model".

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has restored Peter Dutton to his first cabinet, moving quickly to heal wounds from the Liberal Party's civil war.

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.

Julie Bishop has confirmed she would stay in parliament as the local member for Curtin after stepping aside as foreign minister.

The new Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, attends a swearing-in ceremony in Canberra on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018.

Communications minister Mitch Fifield also made a return to the cabinet in the same position after resigning on Thursday, as did minister for human services Michael Keenan, who had his remit as assistant minister for digital transformation upgraded to a full portfolio.

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But the former immigration minister said he would be interested if "down the track, if an opportunity presented itself". But the extent of disquiet about Mr Turnbull's leadership proved to be exaggerated by many Dutton supporters.

Her colleagues will miss her ability to draw a crowd (and their wallets) to Liberal fundraising events.

In June, however, she said Australia wouldn't be following the United States in moving its embassy to Jerusalem, rebuffing pressure from the party's base.

Senator Mathias Cormann, one of several senior ministers who had pledged their loyalty to Turnbull before turning on him, will return as finance minister.

For more than 10 years, the West Australian lawyer with the killer stare and snappy suits was the Liberal Party's second in command.

He said Mr Turnbull "will be remembered mostly for the way he got into office and the way he got out of office".

"I look forward to drawing on my background as a mechanical engineer to carry out my new ministerial role".

"We can all fix bridges - me included - and [Morrison's] words to me were "it's a fair dinkum job Ray, it's not a pretend job", Hadley said. "I think our policy will be far less toxic in the near future than it has been in the recent past, and I think that will be good for all of us - certainly good for the Liberal Party and our country".

Mr Turnbull lost support in the Liberal partyroom last week and stepped aside from the top job.