Former foreign minister Julie Bishop is retiring from federal parliament at the next election.

Ms Bishop’s political future has been under question since she decided against remaining in cabinet after Malcolm Turnbull resigned as prime minister in August 2018.

“I will not recontest the seat of Curtin at the next election,” she said on Thursday, declaring she believed the government would win the coming poll.

Ms Bishop said a number of “extraordinarily talented” people, including women, had contacted her about running in the West Australian seat if she decided to stand down.

“I will work hard in the meantime to assist a new Liberal candidate to win the seat,” she said.

“It is time for a new member to take my place.”

She thanked the prime ministers who chose her to serve as a minister – John Howard, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.


Ms Bishop has been an MP since 1998, and was Australia’s first female foreign minister and deputy Liberal leader.

Who is Julie Bishop?

* Born July 17, 1956 in Lobethal, South Australia

* Elected as the federal member for Curtin in 1998

* First appointed to the frontbench by John Howard in 2003 when made minister for ageing.

* Education, Science and Training Minister (2006-2007)


* Foreign Affairs Minister 2013-1018

* Deputy Liberal leader since November 29, 2007, serving alongside Brendan Nelson, Malcolm Turnbull, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull

* Deputy Opposition Leader 2007-2013

* Holds the very safe Perth-based seat of Curtin with a margin of 18.2 per cent.

* Divorced, but in long term relationship with David Panton. No children

* Known for her sharp style, steely stare and fitness, taking daily runs even when travelling overseas


* Also renowned as a great campaigner and fundraiser within the Liberal party

* Well-regarded on the world stage and took a major role after the MH17 atrocity

* Studied law at Adelaide University

* Graduate of the advanced management program at Harvard Business School

* Managing partner at Clayton Utz law firm in Perth, 1994-98 until her election to parliament.