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Something of a trend - Julie Bishop, Penny Wong and Amanda Vanstone were all gonged at Adelaide University in the past week - this from the 'Tiser.

Foreign Minister confronted by protesters while receiving honorary doctorate at Adelaide University

IN A stroke of bad timing, the week that her Government announced students would pay more for degrees, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop went back to uni to pick up another one.

She was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Adelaide; the university where she studied law.

A grand total of about six protesters tried to accost her on her way to deliver a graduation speech to hundreds of students.

“Julie Bishop, shame on you, we deserve a future too,” they chanted, while waving placards calling for money to be taken from “the rich” to fund public education.

A grand total of about six protesters tried to accost her on her way to deliver a graduation speech to hundreds of students.

“Julie Bishop, shame on you, we deserve a future too,” they chanted, while waving placards calling for money to be taken from “the rich” to fund public education.

Earlier, Ms Bishop had a message for her younger self, who graduated from law on a “very hot day in February of 1979” then partied on afterwards with her colleagues and friends.

“I would tell myself to be bold, be adventurous, to grab whatever opportunity came my way, to trust my instinct, back my judgement, and not to let anyone define me,” she said.

She later told the crowd in Bonython Hall that one of her most striking memories was of someone busting into her exam room to announce that the Whitlam Government had been dismissed.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop being awarded her honorary doctorate at the University of Adelaide.

That helped her realise how difficult life was to predict; a realisation she connected to her work as Foreign Minister.

“We are living in volatile, unstable times… we cannot predict the future, that’s why we need to be better prepared,” she said, pointing to tensions on the Korean Peninsula and in the South China Sea, as well as increasing populism and protectionism, which could be seen as a reference to the Trump Administration.

Other SA political figures set to receive honorary doctorates this week include Ms Bishop’s opposite, Penny Wong, former Senator Amanda Vanstone, and former state minister and Lord Mayor Jane Lomax-Smith.

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