Julie Bishop is highlighting her energy and experience in her bid to finally be Liberal leader after serving as deputy to three leaders over the past decade.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to stand down on Friday if a partyroom meeting votes for a spill of the leadership.
So far, former home affairs minister Peter Dutton, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Ms Bishop, the long-serving foreign minister, have declared their intentions to stand.
The Australian has reported Ms Bishop, who has been deputy to Brendan Nelson, Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, has told colleagues she wouldn’t be “another man’s deputy”.
She’s told The West Australian she is nominating because she cares deeply about the nation’s future.
“Australians must have confidence that the government is focused on the daily challenges of their lives and their concerns and their interests,” Ms Bishop said.
“I am optimistic about the potential of our people and will commit all my energy and experience to ensure the best years of our nation lie ahead of us.”
The Perth-based Bishop would be the first West Australian since John Curtin – who died 73 years ago – to lead the country
The 62-year-old joined federal politics at the 1998 election as Perth’s member for Curtin.
She was first elected deputy Liberal leader under opposition leader Dr Nelson after the 2007 poll which ended the political career of John Howard.