A day after Philip Ruddock was announced as Australia’s Special Envoy for Human Rights, former Speaker Bronwyn Bishop has been confirmed in the post of Special Envoy for Austerity.
The role will focus on advancing the concepts of thrift and sound money management in international forums such as the United Nations.
Announcing the position yesterday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Mrs Bishop was the obvious choice for the role. “It’s hard to think of a candidate more adept, or more qualified for this position. As the world enters a more cautious growth period, Bronwyn’s natural flair for minimising costs and taking the more economical route will be highly sought after,” he said.
Mrs Bishop will regularly fly between Australia and the UN’s New York headquarters for the role. Australia’s healthcare budget has been scaled back to cater for the new travel expenses.