In Victoria, Julie Bishop is the popular face of an unpopular government

The federal government might be on the nose in Victoria, but Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is viewed as a vote-winner.

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During Thursday’s extremely unruly question time, when Speaker Bronwyn Bishop ejected a record 18 (all Labor) members, Tony Abbott was asked whether he’d visit Victoria on Friday, the eve of the state election.

Abbott avoided the question, just talking about his earlier forays -- one of which saw that awkward body language with Denis Napthine. The last thing the embattled Premier needs is a repeat embrace from Abbott.


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