Julie Bishop

Birth Day July 17th, 1956
Birth Place Lobethal, South Australia
Age 67 Years Old

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Julie Isabel Bishop is a former Australian politician who served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2018 and deputy leader of the Liberal Party from 2007 to 2018. She was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Curtin from 1998 to 2019. She has been announced to be the next chancellor of the Australian National University, commencing in January 2020.

Julie Bishop laments 'gender deafness' during her time in politics

Julie Bishop has vented her frustration over the “gender deafness” she frequently encountered in situations during her political career when she was the only woman in the room. The first female Australian foreign affairs minister retired from federal politics at the May election after her unsuccessful tilt at the Liberal leadership last year. “If I spoke in a room of 20 men if I would put forward my idea, there was sort of silence,” Bishop told Andrew Denton’s Interview program on the Seven Network which airs on Tuesday night.

“It was as if I hadn’t spoken and then somebody would say precisely what I said or come up with precisely the same idea. And then they’d all say, ‘Oh that’s a great idea. Why don’t we do that?’ “And I’d say, ‘Excuse … Didn’t I just say that?” Bishop said she initially thought it was an individual problem but later discovered it was a widespread phenomenon affecting women globally.

“I just labeled it gender deafness,” she said. “I love men and I think they have a wonderful contribution to make to humanity. But if you’re the only female voice in the room, they just don’t seem to hear you. It’s as if they’re not attuned to it.” Bishop lamented being the only woman in Tony Abbott’s new cabinet in 2013. “I wasn’t actually appointed,” she said. “I was elected deputy leader so I was there anyway. So if you put me aside, not one woman was selected and appointed.”

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Early life of Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop was born on 17 July 1956 in Lobethal, South Australia. She holds Australian nationality with white ethnicity. Her birth name is Julie Isabel Bishop and her birth sign is Cancer. She grew up on an apple and cherry orchard in Basket range and was raised by her father Douglas Alan Bishop who was a returned soldier and mother Isabel Mary along with two sisters Marylou Bishop, Patricia Bishop and brother Doug Bishop. 

Regarding his education, Bishop began her education at Basket Range Primary School and later attended St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School in Adelaide. For more studies,  Bishop went on to study law at the University of Adelaide. She worked two part-time jobs as a barmaid while at university; one at Football Park and one at a pub in Uraidla. Later, She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1978.

Body Measurements of Julie Bishop

Politician Julie Bishop stands the height of 5ft 3in tall with a weight of 55kg. Furthermore, her charming personality really suits her hazel blue-green eyes and blonde hair.

Career of Julie Bishop

  • After graduating from law school, Bishop started her career joined Wallmans, an Adelaide-based law firm, as its first female articled clerk.
  • In 1982, aged 26, she became a partner in the firm of Mangan, Ey & Bishop.
  • Bishop joined the Liberal Party in 1992.
  • She was chosen as the president of the Liberal party's CBD branch the year she joined the party, serving until 1997.
  • In the 1998 federal election, Bishop won Liberal preselection for the Division of Curtin.
  • Bishop was appointed Minister for Ageing by Prime Minister John Howard in 2003.
  • She was later promoted to Minister for Education and Science and Minister for Women in 2006.
  • Following the 2007 election, Bishop was elected Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party on 29 November 2007.
  • On 22 September 2008, Bishop was promoted to the role of Shadow Treasurer by Nelson's successor as Opposition Leader.
  • In the 2010 federal election, Bishop was re-elected unanimously as Deputy Leader by her colleagues and retained the position of Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, also being given the additional responsibility of Shadow Minister for Trade.
  • In December 2014, Bishop became only the second woman to serve as acting prime minister, after Julia Gillard.
  • One of Bishop’s first steps after being appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs was to introduce sweeping changes to the Australian foreign aid program and Bishop announced substantial expenditure cuts in the aid program.
  • Then, Bishop announced the implementation of a New Colombo Plan which would provide undergraduate students with funding to study in several different locations within the Indo-Pacific.
  • In April 2015, Bishop paid an official visit to Iran, following the conclusion of a visit to India.
  • She was the first Australian government minister to visit the country since 2003.
  • Bishop was involved at the highest level of negotiations with the Indonesian Government in attempts to save the lives of convicted drug smugglers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
  • On 26 August, Bishop issued a statement indicating that she would resign as Minister for Foreign Affairs. She was replaced by Senator Marise Payne on 28 August 2018.
  • On 14 September 2015, Bishop defeated a challenge from Kevin Andrews to retain her position as Deputy Leader by 70 votes to 30.
  • On 21 August 2018, Bishop re-elected as deputy leader unopposed but Bishop was eliminated on the first ballot with 11 votes out of 85.
  • Bishop is the first woman to formally stand for the leadership of the Liberal Party, and only the second woman to stand for the leadership of one of Australia's two major parties.


  • In November 2015, Bishop confirmed that she supported same-sex marriage.
  • Bishop has been announced to be the next chancellor of Australian National University, commencing in January 2020. She will be its first female chancellor. 
Personal life of Julie Bishop

Is Julie Bishop married?

Julie Bishop is currently single but previously she was married to property developer Neil Gillon from 1983 to 1988. Since then she remains unmarried neither has any children. Furthermore, She later had relationships with Senator Ross Lightfoot and former Lord Mayor of Perth Peter Nattrass. Currently, there is a rumor of her dating David panton who is also a property developer.

Birthday of Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop celebrates her birthday on the 17th of July. Currently, she is 63 years old.

Net worth of Julie Bishop

Politician Julie Bishop is a very successful woman in her career serving years in government and earning a considerable amount of money from her profession as she earns $343,000 annually as her salary. As of 2019, her net worth is estimated to be around $5 Million.

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