Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Leaves Cabinet

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A little over a year ago Julie Bishop made her way up to the podium inside the cavernous United Nations General Assembly hall in NY and, with the world watching, she called out North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his nuclear missile program.

Tributes rolled in for Bishop following the news, with ousted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calling her an "Inspiring role model for women".

Labor's Penny Wong also paid tribute to Ms Bishop for her "trailblazing role as the first Australian woman to be Minister for Foreign Affairs".

"I look forward to drawing on my background as a mechanical engineer to carry out my new ministerial role".

Mr Morrison's new Cabinet includes former Turnbull loyalist Christopher Pyne as the new defence minister.

On January 27, 2017, the day before Mr Turnbull had that hard phone call with US President Donald Trump, Ms Bishop used her own call with Vice President Mike Pence to shore up America's commitment to the contentious asylum-seeker deal.

The Lodge may be sitting empty for a while after last week's Liberal leadership coup with Prime Minister Scott Morrison giving no indication when or whether he would move into the Deakin residence.

Dutton kept Home Affairs but his super-sized portfolio was split to separate immigration and national security, with migration issues to be handled by former assistant finance minister David Coleman.

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Senator Cash, who has faced some criticism over her performance, voted for Morrison in the leadership spill on Friday.

"Cormann rumoured to be putting some WA votes behind Julie Bishop in round 1", a message purporting to be from Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher broadcast on Insiders read.

"They've got rocks in their head if they think we'll support Julie Bishop for Governor-General", said a Labor source.

For more than 10 years, the West Australian lawyer with the killer stare and snappy suits was the Liberal Party's second in command.

Malcolm Turnbull told supporters he will resign from parliament on Friday, a week after he was forced from office by MPs in his conservative Liberal Party because he had lost their support.

"It was an honor for me", wrote the Australian official.

Australia's new prime minister toured drought-hit farms on Monday to show voters after a week of turmoil the government was back to work, but a leading opinion poll showed it now faces an even greater chance of electoral defeat after changing leaders.

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