Julie Isabel Bishop (born 17 July 1956) is an Australian politician and the current Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. She holds this title as the deputy leader of theLiberal Party of Australia. She is the party’s first female Deputy Leader and the third woman in Australian history to hold the title of Deputy Leader of the Opposition. She is currently the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Shadow Minister for Trade.
She has been a member of the Australian House of Representatives since 1998, representing the seat of Curtin in Western Australia. She was a minister in the Howard government until the defeat of the Liberal/National Coalition at the election held on 24 November 2007. On 27 November 2007 she announced she was running for the position of Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party. She won the ballot on 29 November 2007 and became the party’s first female Deputy Leader.