Former foreign affairs minister says she has been asked ‘What happened to the prime minister?’

Julie Bishop has warned that the public views politicians as worse behaved than schoolchildren, blaming question time’s combative culture and also citing the Liberal leadership change as a cause for confusion about Australia’s direction.

The former deputy Liberal leader made the comments to Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, in a program in which another Turnbull ally – Craig Laundy – said calls for politicians to harden up and ignore bullying behaviour were “absolute rubbish”.

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