Julie Bishop versus Jacinda Ardern

Julie Bishop, Australian Foreign Minister, said today in Canberra: Trans-Tasman relationship ‘at risk’

Ms Bishop said Mr Shorten had “sought to use a foreign political party to raise serious allegations in a foreign parliament designed to undermine confidence in the Australian government:”.

“Bill Shorten has serious questions to answer,” she said.

“This is highly unethical, at least. But, more importantly, puts at risk the relationship between the Australian government and the New Zealand government.

“Bill Shorten must reveal who he put up to this dirty task and the details of the urging of a foreign political party.

“We’re used to the dodgy back room deals from Bill Shorten when he was leader of the union movement.

“He’s now brought that not only into Australian politics but now into the international politics and Bill Shorten should be called to account for this appalling behaviour.”

Ms Bishop said she it was “nonsense” that the ALP question had not played a role in the revelation of Mr Joyce’s dual citizenship and that it was actually a media inquiry which kicked off the process.

“I don’t accept that,” she said.

“The New Zealand Labor leader confirmed that a Labor member of parliament was contacted by an unnamed Labor member here in Australia.

“Bill Shorten must reveal the name of that member.”

Ms Bishop said she would find it difficult to trust a future NZ Labour government.

“I would find it very difficult to build trust with members of a political party that had been used by the Australian Labor Party to seek to undermine the Australian government,” she said.

“I would find it very difficult to build trust with members of a political party that had been used by the Australian Labor Party to seek to undermine the Australian government”.


Statement on Julie Bishop’s comments

Posted by Jacinda Ardern on August 15, 2017

It is highly regrettable that the Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has chosen to make false claims about the New Zealand Labour Party.

I have been utterly transparent about this situation. I stand by my statements this morning that I knew absolutely nothing about the Barnaby Joyce case until it broke in the media yesterday afternoon.

I had no knowledge about the Parliamentary Questions lodged by Chris Hipkins MP.

I have also been clear that those questions were not appropriate.

I also note that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has confirmed that the Australian media inquiries were the instigator of this issue and that he has described connections of the New Zealand Labour Party to this issue as “utter nonsense.”

I greatly value New Zealand’s relationship with the Australian Government. I will not let false claims stand in the way of that relationship.

I would happily take a call from Julie Bishop to clarify matters.

I have also contacted the Australian High Commission to register my disappointment and will be meeting with the High Commissioner later today.


  1. duperez

     /  August 15, 2017

    Does Ms Bishop by any chance have a political agenda and political motives?

  2. Gezza

     /  August 15, 2017

    She probably could do with some of Corky’s oxytocin.

  3. Blazer

     /  August 15, 2017

    Bishop is an ambitious ,disloyal Lib member always to the fore when there are leadership challenges.Trys to raise her profile every chance she gets.

    • duperez

       /  August 15, 2017

      The hysterical, inane reaction to the terrible crime of Hipkins is a sign of desperate times in the electoral game.

      Hipkins is interfering in their political world and that’s disgusting? Bishop’s capitalising on the calls about how Hipkins is destroying our relationship with Australia by interfering in our election and that’s fine? Those who condemn Hipkins for his apparently appalling behaviour are tolerating the silly woman doing that instead of telling her to naff off?