Julie Bishop sounds like she's as sick of the Liberal leadership deparcle as we are - and has urged her colleagues to just get on with their jobs.
The PM’s right-hand woman told Triple M Melbourne’s Hot Breakfast she’d love her colleagues to stop fighting over leadership – and just get on with their jobs.
“I’ve got to get on with what I’ve been asked to do, that’s being the deputy leader of the Liberal Party. I’m doing that. I’m the foreign minister of Australia.
“Yesterday I was hosting the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, Winston Peters. Who as you can imagine found this all rather intriguing – but I had a serious role to undertake. So I’m focusing on doing that. I’m urging my colleagues to get on with the job we’ve been given – and that’s to represent the Australian people in the best way that we can.”
Earlier Dutton told press he believed he had the support of the party – but Bishop said she wasn’t sure of his claims.
“The party room endorses Malcolm Turnbull as their leader and that’s where it stands. I’m not aware of anyone changing their vote. I don’t know who Peter Dutton has spoken to.
“I urged my colleagues to respect the decisions of the party room, and let’s get on with focusing on the issues that the Australian people are concerned about.”
Bishop was elected unopposed as the deputy leader of the Liberal Party and said she would be surprised if anyone opposed her going forward.