Ms Bishop did not backstab Mr Abbott. She is not the Julia Gillard of the Liberals – surely that is Mr Turnbull.
Ms Bishop did not backstab Mr Abbott. She is not the Julia Gillard of the Liberals – surely that is Mr Turnbull. AAP Image - Stefan Postles

OPINION: No blood on Julie Bishop's hands after coup

THE fallout from Malcolm Turnbull's accession to the prime ministership was never going to be pretty.

Just ask Julia Gillard.

Predictably, the public has not been backward in coming forward with invective for Mr Turnbull and Tony Abbott.

What has surprised me, however, is the bile that has been directed at deputy leader Julie Bishop.

Ms Bishop did not backstab Mr Abbott. She is not the Julia Gillard of the Liberals - surely that is Mr Turnbull.

But that is exactly the kind of criticism she copped yesterday - that she is a traitor, a disgrace, untrustworthy and various other things I cannot repeat here.

Her role in Monday's coup was limited to telling Mr Abbott he no longer had the party's support, nor hers.

It was hardly an act of betrayal.

I can only surmise, therefore, that Ms Bishop is being crucified because she is a woman.

That would follow in that great tradition of western politics to criticise a woman leader for doing what is expected of men in the same position.

Just ask Julia Gillard.



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