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BISHOP, the Hon. Julie IsabelBiography for BISHOP, the Hon. Julie Isabel

Member for Curtin (WA)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Curtin, Western Australia, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Ageing from 7.10.03 to 27.1.06.

Minister for Education, Science and Training from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Women's Issues from 27.1.06 to 3.12.07.

Minister for Foreign Affairs from 18.9.13.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 8.12.98 to 6.11.03; Privileges (nominee of the Leader of the House) from 6.2.01 to 8.10.01; Economics from 25.9.08 to 25.2.09.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Securities from 9.12.98 to 11.2.02.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 20.3.02 (Chair from 21.3.02) to 4.11.03; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 10.3.09 to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Republic Referendum from 2.6.99 to 9.8.99.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Delegate to the Australian Constitutional Convention, February 1998.

Australian Representative to the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Elections, June 2000.

Australian Representative to the Commonwealth Observer Mission to the Zimbabwe Presidential Elections, March 2002.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa, December 2002.

Official visits to China, April 2006; USA, UK and Greece, June 2006; USA, January 2009; the Middle East and Afghanistan, June 2009; Israel, August 2009; Japan, China and South Korea, October-November 2009; Hong Kong, June 2010; Israel and Morocco, December 2010; New Zealand, April 2011; Singapore, May 2011; Papua New Guinea, July 2011; Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Tuvalu and Samoa, December 2011; China, January 2012; Papua New Guinea, April 2012; Indonesia and Singapore, May 2012; Samoa, May-June 2012; USA, September 2013; New Zealand, Singapore and Indonesia, October 2013; Indonesia, Sri Lanka and USA, November 2013; Indonesia, China, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Nauru and Vanuatu, December 2013; Israel and USA, January 2014; Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines and Cambodia, February 2014; UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Poland, March 2014; China, Japan, Mexico, Jordan, Lebanon and France, April 2014; Papua New Guinea, May 2014; Japan, June 2014; Myanmar and Laos, July 2014.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Rome for the Canonisation of Mary MacKillop, October 2010.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Employment, Business and Workplace Relations from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Treasurer from 22.9.08 to 16.2.09; Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs from 16.2.09 to 18.9.13; Shadow Minister for Trade from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party from 29.11.07.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 3.12.07 to 18.9.13.

Party Positions

Branch President, Liberal Party Perth Central Branch (Perth Division) 1992-97.

Senior Vice-President, Liberal Party Perth Central Branch (Perth Division) 1997-98.

Vice-President, Liberal Party Claremont Branch (Curtin Division) 1998-2002.

Member, Liberal Party Crawley Branch (Curtin Division) from 2002.


Born 17.7.1956, Lobethal, SA.

Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

LLB (Adel).

Advanced Management Program (Senior Managers) (Harvard Business School).

Barrister and solicitor 1979-98.

Managing partner, Clayton Utz, Perth, WA 1994-98.

Chair, Town Planning Appeal Tribunal of WA 1994-98.

Senate Member, Murdoch University 1997-98.

Director, Special Broadcasting Services Television 1997-98.

Director and Fellow, Australian Institute of Management 1997-98.


Description: inner metropolitan.

Location: western Perth; it includes the suburbs of Churchlands, City Beach, Claremont, Cottesloe, Crawley, Dalkeith, Daglish, Floreat, Glendalough, Jolimont, Leederville, Mosman Park, Mount Claremont, Mount Hawthorn, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Shenton Park, Subiaco, Swanbourne, Wembley, Wembley Downs, West Leederville and Woodlands, and parts of Doubleview, North Perth, Osborne Park, Scarborough and West Perth.

Area: 104 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 94 323 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: recreational, light retail and hospitality. The electorate also includes the University of Western Australia.

State electorates: Curtin includes the Western Australian Legislative Assembly electorates of Churchlands and Nedlands, and parts of Cottesloe, Perth and Scarborough.