Julie Bishop DOUBLES her pay after leaving parliament as she continues to cement her status as a high earning socialite
- Julie Bishop has taken on five new roles since retiring from politics this year
- She is reportedly earning double what she was when she was foreign minister
- Ms Bishop is on the board of several organisations and the chancellor for ANU
- Other MP’s who retired or left parliament have had less success finding work
Julie Bishop’s popularity as a politician is paying dividends even after stepping down from her role as foreign minister.
The 63-year-old former deputy leader of the Liberal party has nabbed five roles since retiring from politics at the May election, and is reportedly earning more than double what she was while in government.
While the majority of MP’s who stepped down alongside her are still searching for a new job, Ms Bishop has been inundated with offers from organisations across the nation.
The 63-year-old former deputy of the Liberal party has nabbed five roles since retiring from politics during the May election
Ms Bishop has been inundated with offers from organisations across the nation (pictured with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban)
Ms Bishop will continue to receive her six-figure annual pension, which equates to about 75 per cent of a current MP’s base salary, according to The Sunday Telegraph.
In addition she will also receive payments for the senior positions she held.
She recently announced she would join the Human Vaccines Project board, which is attempting to create a singular vaccination against major infectious diseases.
She is already on the board at artificial intelligence agency Afiniti and private aid contractor Palladium.
In addition to the new positions, Ms Bishop also announced she would take over as chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute in Perth, and will become the next chancellor of the Australian National University.
Julie Bishop’s popularity as a politician is paying dividends even after stepping down from her role as foreign minister
She is set to replace yet another former foreign minister, Gareth Evans, for that role when she takes over in 2020.
‘It is a great honour to take up the role of chancellor of the Australian National University,’ she said.
‘ANU’s strong links globally, and in our region, make it one of Australia’s most important institutions, and I look forward to working with it as we continue to support and further our national interest.’
Her salary for the position will not be made public.
Her former colleagues who stepped down or were booted from their seats at the same time have reportedly had less success finding new employment opportunities.
Ms Bishop also announced she would take over as chair of Telethon Kid’s Institute in Perth, and will become the next chancellor of the Australian National University
Former disability services minister Jane Prentice said she felt some former MP’s were being overlooked for government positions post-politics.
‘I have been flattered by the number of offers by community groups but I also need something to pay the mortgage,’ she said.
‘Along with many of my colleagues, I believe former parliamentarians have a lot to offer and the skills to contribute and it would be a shame to waste.’
Ms Bishop retired after a long parliamentary career just months after she unsuccessfully contested the Liberal party leadership against Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton.