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Julie Bishop and Chairman Mal look very happy about supporting KRudd in his bid to run the UN

The depth of this relationship worries me.  I've met them both and had a lot of dealings with one of the pigeon pair - how anyone could rate Rudd is beyond me.

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This from The Australian, February 2013

As she flits about the Beach Club in her designer frock and high heels, posing for photographs and waving as tipsy patrons yell "hey Jules!", Bishop looks like a 50-something Carrie Bradshaw.

This is the Julie Bishop we don't see on television.

The girly girl who drinks pink champagne, throws lavish parties and loves a chat. The fashionista born in stilettos, who fancies Escada clothes and Kailis pearls, and counts being serenaded by Bono as her career highlight. The charming flirt who has been known to leave stuffy male diplomats slack-jawed.

Her friends struggle to understand why this colourful, energetic woman seems so prickly on television.

"Julie is a party girl, she loves kicking up her heels. In the public eye you have to be careful how that manifests itself."

And with whom. This from Fairfax November 2014

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New York: Julie Bishop has revealed she and Kevin Rudd became close friends as a result of Labor's leadership wars and has suggested the Opposition's Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, is a lightweight on foreign policy compared to the former Labor prime minister.

In an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media, the Minister for Foreign Affairs says she consulted Mr Rudd on policy issues in opposition and the pair still text each other about foreign policy.

The pair entered politics together in 1998 but first became friendly when they observed Zimbabwe's election together in 2002.  They have stayed in touch ever since but Ms Bishop said they developed a "much closer friendship" as a result of Labor's bitter leadership battles.

"Through some of the really difficult times for him, I would go around and see him, he would come around and see me, we talked a lot about foreign policy, We talked a lot of about different approaches, I ran ideas past him," Ms Bishop said.

"He knew that the Opposition had taken a position from 2007 on the Security Council and we would discuss it quite openly," she said.

 

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And then there's Chairman Mal and his public declaration of devotion.   He's felt Kevin's pain.

 

The way these people close ranks, putting each other first before their country makes me feel ill.

 

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