While Aussies across the country waited in anticipation for the Federal Budget announcement on Tuesday night, there was one politician in the crowd who well and truly stole the show.
Although Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was meant to be the one capturing all of the attention of Aussies as he delivered the budget surplus of $7.1 billion, all eyes were instead on Julie Bishop.
The 62-year-old, who is known for her fabulous fashion sense, certainly wowed in a tightly fit, blue sparkly dress, showing off her figure perfectly during one of her final appearances in parliament.
Bishop exuded confidence in the stylish number, reportedly worth $1,299, which she matched with a pair of dangly pearl earrings and bright pink nail polish.
It wasn’t just her outfit which drew attention as the politician was snapped celebrating following the budget announcement, throwing her hands up in the air with excitement.
Within minutes of her appearance in parliament, the former minister for foreign affairs received a flurry of attention online with comments of both love and criticism for her bold dress.
Some were absolutely disgusted with her fashion choice, while others praised the politician calling her their “spirit animal”.
“Julie Bishop’s take on the ‘golden parachute’. Introducing the ‘blue sequin parachute’ valued at $2.5K,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Many Aussies are suffering financial hardship! Disgraceful arrogance!”
“I very much respect Julie Bishop’s work and fashion sense, but it does seem a bit off to wear a dress to the budget which was equivalent to the GDP of a small nation,” a second commented.
While another said: “I love Julie Bishop’s style going out with glitz and glamour this #budget2019.” This was followed by a further social media user who said: “Julie Bishop is my spirit animal.”
Her latest appearance follows comments from the politician last month about how lonely it can be as a woman in politics, in a talk at the Sydney Opera House.
Bishop joined former Liberal MP and now independent Julia Banks, Labor MP Linda Burney and Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, for an all-female panel discussion called Leading While Female.
The 62-year-old spoke of the “gender deafness” she experienced during her 20-year political career that — at one time — saw her as the only woman sitting around an all-male Cabinet table.
“People would be talking and then I would intervene to say something and there would be silence, and then they’d just keep on talking,” she said, according to news.com.au.
“[Then] somebody would say precisely what I’d said and all the guys would say ‘gee that’s a great idea, why don’t we do that?’. And I’d think, didn’t I say that?”