The former foreign minister delivered a typically composed valedictory after a career in which she was forced to play second fiddle to male colleagues

Julie Bishop gleams, so polished she seems to have a reflective surface. Reflective surfaces are like a shield in politics; they are handy things to stow yourself behind.

Bishop appeared in the chamber just before question time, walking in with Scott Morrison. She was dressed in white, an eventuality of absolutely no note at all, except Bishop periodically deploys costume for effect, and it can be observed (and was) that white is the colour of the suffragette movement, the colour worn by political women in America earlier this month to Donald Trump’s state of the union address.

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