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Saturday, 28 October 2017 - 19:56
Julie Bishop chosen as Acting Australian PM
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Malcolm Turnbull says Julie Bishop will act as Australia’s Prime Minister during his imminent trip to Israel, but denies the arrangement will anger the Nationals.

Turnbull has also confirmed that the government is carefully examining cabinet decisions made by Barnaby Joyce and Fiona Nash, following their exit after the high court ruled they were ineligible to sit in parliament.

But he said such decisions were typically made by the cabinet as a whole.

Earlier today, Labour sought to cast doubt on the legitimacy of decisions made by Joyce. It also criticised the uncertainty around who would act as prime minister during Turnbull’s Israel trip, describing it as “extraordinary”.


The Northern Territory senator Nigel Scullion has been named as the interim Nationals parliamentary leader, while Joyce remains the party’s federal leader.

Earlier reports suggested either Scullion or Bishop, the foreign minister, would fill the role of acting prime minister.
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