Despite no longer being a minister, Julie Bishop is more recognisable than Australia’s current prime minister, a new poll reveals.
The Australia Institute study of 1,459 Aussies found 82 per cent of people surveyed knew of Bishop, making her more recognised than all current ministers.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now the second most widely recognised minister (75 per cent), followed by Peter Dutton (70 per cent).
“The Australia Institute has been polling ministerial recognition since 2016 and it is no surprise that former Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop has always ranked highly,” Australia Institute executive director Ben Oquist said in a statement. “However, despite Julie Bishop no longer being a Minister, more people still recognise Ms Bishop than they do the current Prime Minister Scott Morrison.”
Oquist said Morrison’s recognition had been declining over most of this term, but has increased since becoming prime minister. Meanwhile, Dutton is the minster whose recognition has increased the most over the last two and half years.
Defence Minister Christopher Pyne also remains reasonably widely recognised (57 per cent).
“Christopher Pyne has consistently ranked among the recognised Ministers in the Coalition Government, although his recognition is slowly declining,” Oquist added.
Respondents on average knew seven out of the 25 politicians presented to them. However, those over the age of 65 recognised three times as many ministers on average compared to those aged 18 to 24 years old.
“Overall, Minister recognition increased dramatically with the age of those polled, with those over 65 years old recognising three times as many ministers on average as those 18-24 years old,”Oquist added.
The ministers who are least recognised are Angus Taylor, Dan Tehan, Paul Fletcher, Karen Andrews, Darren Chester and Bridget McKenzie.
It comes after Bishop donated her red satin resignation heels to the Museum of Australian Democracy on Wednesday.
The 62-year-old wore the bold, block-heeled shoes when she stepped down from her position as foreign minister and deputy prime minister in August, with much attention paid to her sartorial choice of footwear at the time.
At the handover ceremony in Canberra, the shoes were described as a “bold statement and a symbol of solidarity and empowerment among Australian women”. Bishop herself has been hailed for her stance on women in politics and for many years was the LNP’s shining beacon of feminism within the party.
After her failed bid to claim the prime ministership in the August leadership spill, much was said about the Liberal Party’s attitude towards women. Bishop took a thinly veiled swipe at her colleagues in her resignation speech, saying she was certain the party would elect a popular female leader if they ever found one.