Julie Bishop slaps down Karl Stefanovic over backbencher dig

Julie Bishop has no time for pronunciation discussions with Karl Stefanovic.

The Foreign Minister made an appearance on Channel Nine on Monday morning to hose-down speculation about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.

Julie Bishop slaps down Karl Stefanovic over backbencher dig

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Julie Bishop slaps down Karl Stefanovic over backbencher dig

“Is Tony Abbott done peddling and meddling?” Stefanovic asked.

“I believe Tony is getting on with the job of being a backbencher,” the Foreign Minister replied. “He is a former leader, he has opinions, but the majority of the party room back Malcolm Turnbull and they want the team to get on with delivering strong economic management and a strong plan for national security to keep Australians safe.”

However, the live-cross quickly veered into an impromptu linguistics lesson when the The Today Show host brought up Ms Bishop’s tone.

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