Former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (pictured) has opened the door to staying in Parliament and vying for the Liberal party leadership should the Coalition lose the next election.
The Conservative Party says this would be another bad move for the Liberal Party as Ms Bishop supports Australia remaining a signatory to the Paris Climate accord.
The 62 year old, who was elected in 1998, had been expected to announce at the press conference that she would be stepping down at the next election but when asked whether she saw herself staying and returning to a senior position, even the leadership, she pointedly did not rule it out.
Conservative Party leader Senator Cory Bernardi is of the firm belief that Australia should walk away from Paris.
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