BISHOP, JULIE
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BISHOP, JULIE

BISHOP, JULIE

Minister for Education, Science and Training, Australia

Ms. Julie Bishop was appointed Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training on 27 January 2006 after more than two years as Minister for Ageing. She was elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for the electorate of Curtin in Western Australia in 1998, and was re-elected in the 2001 and 2004 elections. She is also the Minister assisting the Prime Minister for Women Issues. As Minister for Ageing from October 2003 to January 2006, Ms Bishop was the advocate for the Australian Government whole-of-government approach to population ageing, the National Strategy for an Ageing Australia, and demographic change. Ms Bishop has served on a number of parliamentary committees. She was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and the Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs. She chaired the Government Trade and Foreign Affairs Policy Committee and was Secretary of the Treasury and Finance Policy Committee. She has twice participated as an Election Observer for the Commonwealth of Nations in parliamentary and presidential elections in Zimbabwe. Prior to entering Parliament, Ms Bishop was Managing Partner of national law firm Clayton Utz in Western Australia. She held a number of positions including Chair of the Western Australia Town Planning Appeals Tribunal; a member of Murdoch University Senate; the board of the Anglican Schools Commission and a director of SBS (TV and Radio) Corporation. She has also been an Ambassador of the Muscular Dystrophy Association in WA, on the Council of Governors of the Lions Ear and Hearing Institute, a patron of CanTeen and Vice Patron of Westcare Incorporated. Previously Ms Bishop was also on the Board of the Cancer Foundation WA and she remains a patron and active member of many business, cultural and sporting organisations in her electorate. After completing a Bachelor of Laws in 1978, she practised law and became a partner of an Adelaide law firm, Mangan Ey & Bishop. In 1983 Ms Bishop moved to Perth and practised as a commercial litigation solicitor at then Robinson Cox (now Clayton Utz). She became a partner of Clayton Utz in 1985, and a managing partner in 1994. Ms Bishop attended Harvard Business School in Boston and completed the Advanced Management Program for Senior Managers. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

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