World meet Australia's would be Prime Minister: The bishopnator
January 27, 2015
Image: Justin McManus
It was one of the stand-out economies as the world went through a global economic downturn but now Australia not so much the lucky country any more. Incumbent Prime Minister Tony Abbott has taken a significant hit in the polls in recent months and the Government’s ability to back flip on policies would turn the Romanian Gymnastics team of the 1980’s into hard core supporters. In recent days the news didn’t get any better for the Prime Minister as it was revealed on the National Public holiday (Australia Day) that he had personally awarded the nations highest honour to a guy who doesn’t even live in Australia – Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Phillip.
There is no doubt the erstwhile (and highly entertaining Prince who once called into question a students dream of becoming an astronaut noting he was over weight) has been a great consort – but a great Australian? So, with leadership soundings being made and back bench members of the national Parliament backgrounding journalists (including EntreHub.org) we thought we’d have a look at a potential alternative candidate and after putting four faces on the dart board (we are very scientific after all) we each (four of us) took a shot – we all landed on the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop.
So, with what we believe to be a leadership coup in the making we thought what is there we all need to know about this darling from the great western plains of Australia? (also known as Western Australia). Take a look:
Member of Parliament for the seat of Curtain in Western Australia since 1998 – so, she has experience
Is currently Minister for Foreign Affairs in the current Government but has also held the Ministerial portfolios of Education, Science and Technology, Aging and Women’s Issues – so she has depth across both international and domestic policies
Deputy Leader of the governing Liberal Party and a real fox in the hen house when it comes to running numbers and cajoling people into clusters to win important votes
Background as a barrister and lawyer – so she knows what trouble looks like and how to get out of it
Has rarely put a step wrong and has been the public face of Australian on the international arena when it comes to Syria, Ukraine, Russia, Trade Relations and more
She’s served successive Liberal Leaders including Malcolm Turnbull (a likely contender for the Prime Ministership and just missed out by one vote in the last tussle), Brendan Nelson (nice bloke but a little too hippie for some) and the incumbent, Tony Abbott – so she knows a little thing or two in how to run a party room and the PM’s office
She appears tough but has a softer appeal with a great deal of strategist, intelligence and dogged determination all to boot. If were betting men, and we are, we’d back this winner, winner, chicken dinner or the Prime Ministership which is likely to go to the vote within the next four to six weeks – or so three back bencher sources told us! By the way, Bishop has the best death stare in the history of death stares!
Bishop is most likely to be in a position to negotiate legislation through the Senate, take on Russian President Vladimir Putin (we think she should wrestle two tigers and a wombat with one hand tied behind her back so take that Vlad Pfftt), is able to negotiate around the climate change talks this year and get on the front foot when it comes to domestic policy. In other words the other contenders just don't have her depth. Oh, by the way, Bishop being a woman has nothing to do with it - she's just better than those other blokes!
Whatever happens Australia needs to get moving again and under the current Prime Minister every day is a hiding to nothing.
Author: EntreHub Staff Writers - follow us on Twitter. Image: Justin McManus and sourced.
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