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AustraliaLabor questions Bishop's new job

06:52  02 july  2019
06:52  02 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Labor 's foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong says Julie Bishop ' s appointment to Palladium's board doesn't pass the pub test.

Labor believes former foreign minister Julie Bishop ' s appointment on the board of an international consultancy firm could breach ministerial standards. The non-executive position is the West Australian's first job in the private sector since she bowed out of politics after more than 20 years at the election.

Labor questions Bishop's new job© AAP Former Liberal deputy leader Julie Bishop during Question Time in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Labor believes former foreign minister Julie Bishop's appointment on the board of an international consultancy firm could breach ministerial standards.

The non-executive position is the West Australian's first job in the private sector since she bowed out of politics after more than 20 years at the election.

The opposition's foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong said Ms Bishop had been appointed because of her global network of contacts.

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Labor believes former foreign minister Julie Bishop ' s appointment on the board of an international consultancy firm could breach ministerial standards. The non-executive position is the West Australian's first job in the private sector since she bowed out of politics after more than 20 years at the election.

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"Not only doesn't it pass the pub test, it looks on the face of it like another breach of the ministerial standards," Senator Wong told ABC News today.

She said Palladium had profited more than $500 million from decisions made when Ms Bishop was foreign minister.

Labor has also raised questions about former defence minister Christopher Pyne's role with major consultancy company EY.

The opposition believes both ex-cabinet ministers may have breached the ministerial code of conduct because they are using information not available to the general public.

Labor questions Bishop's new job© AAP Julie Bishop has declined an offer to be governor of South Australia.

"It isn't sufficient for either Christopher Pyne or Ms Bishop to say, 'I think I am complying' and that to be the end of the matter," Senator Wong said.

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Labor is delving into former foreign minister Julie Bishop ' s past links with a foreign aid contractor which has hired her, saying there are unanswered questions about the length of their relationship. An inquiry into her new job could haul Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the head of his department before a

"This is a test of the prime minister's integrity."

Earlier, Ms Bishop said joining Palladium would continue her long-standing interest in economic development in the Pacific and beyond.

"Palladium has a focus on private sector engagement to deliver effective, sustainable development and even invests its own money into projects," she said in a statement.

Labor questions Bishop's new job© AAP Julie Bishop got just 11 votes in the party room for her prime ministerial bid.

Palladium chief executive Kim Bredhauer said Ms Bishop has plenty in common with the company.

"We are both committed to inclusive growth, resulting in sustainable solutions around the world."

Ms Bishop confirmed last month she is also becoming chair of the Telethon Kids Institute, a Perth-based research hub.

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