Exclusive: Documents reveal Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was unaware of Bishop’s plans before aid contractor’s announcement

The foreign affairs department had no idea Julie Bishop was taking a job with one of Australia’s biggest foreign aid contractors until it was publicly announced, internal documents show.

Documents obtained by the Guardian through freedom-of-information laws suggest the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was blindsided by a July announcement from Palladium, a multinational aid contractor, that Bishop was joining its board.

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