Julie Bishop did all she could to avoid a burning leadership question put before her on Sunrise on Wednesday morning following the shocking turn of events in the Liberal Party on Tuesday.
Tactfully working her way around the question, the Deputy Leader didn’t back down to host Kochie’s grilling when asked whether she would run for a leadership position if another spill was to occur.
“I don’t envisage that happening at all, I’m not considering that option,” the 62-year-old said with much certainty.
Determined to get Bishop to spill the beans on any secret decisions yet to come forward, Kochie continued with a string of questions, just waiting for the politician to break.
“Don’t you have ambitions to be the leader? Wouldn’t you be a great moderator to bring both sides together? If they came to you and said we need you to unify the party, would you run?” the television presenter queried.
“Kochie, yesterday the leadership positions were considered vacant. Malcolm Turnbull was endorsed by a majority of the party room as leader. I’ve seen leadership battles where the difference has been one vote, this was a strong vote endorsing the Prime Minister,” Bishop jumped in, speaking over Kochie as he continued his grilling.
“Then my position was considered vacant and I was elected un-opposed. The party room have elected me as the Deputy Leader and that’s what I’m doing.”
It is no surprise the morning show host stepped up with the question that is sure to be on many peoples lips after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unexpectedly declared leadership of the Liberal Party vacant on Tuesday which triggered a challenge from former Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.
While the Prime Minister managed to hold onto his position, and therefore PM, after defeating Dutton 48 votes to 35 in a secret party room ballot at Parliament House, Australians are on their edge of their seats waiting for the another mind-blowing announcement to break.
However, Bishop remained convinced the prime minister knows what he’s doing with his main aim to heal the divisions in the party.
“Malcolm Turnbull was endorsed by the majority of the party room yesterday. A number of ministers who didn’t vote for him have, I think, done the right thing and offered their resignations,” the Deputy Leader stated.
“But the Prime Minister is wanting to heal the divisions in the party so he has asked them to stay on in the ministry. So, I understand a number of them have agreed to do so and will back Mr Turnbull.”
Determined to move on from the whirlwind of events, Bishop said focus must be turned to policies that reflect the concerns of the Australian people, such as lower taxes, lower electricity prices and more job opportunities.
“We are all united in our belief that Coalition policies deliver strong economic management and strong national security,” she stated.
Although ready to sign off from the morning broadcast and end the grilling, Kochie made one last attempt to move back to the leadership, asking the Deputy Leader if she will return to the show when the next leadership spill occurs.
“Why don’t we have me on to talk football, that’s what the Australian people want to hear?” Bishop replied with a grin.
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