Julie Bishop condemns colleagues over China extradition treaty collapse

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has delivered a blast to the backbench rebels who helped sink the China extradition treaty, questioning their trust in ‘s own legal and political system.
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The deputy Liberal leader has also extended an olive branch to bring Labor back to the table on the ratification, suggesting the government would be prepared to meet an opposition request to review the entire Extradition Act.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull withdrew the treaty from Parliament this week after a backlash from Labor, crossbench senator Cory Bernardi, and a group of government MPs who had threatened to cross the floor over the issue.

The treaty was first signed by John Howard in 2007 and after nearly a decade of delay, the government moved this year to bring it into effect based on advice from the n Federal Police and Department of Foreign Affairs that non-ratification was becoming a major diplomatic irritant.

Ms Bishop told Fairfax Media on Thursday that China’s ambassador to , Cheng Jingye, had expressed deep disappointment the government had been forced to pull out of plans to ratify the treaty.

The Foreign Minister also said she had told her colleagues at a meeting on Monday night that the proposed treaty gave the government broad discretion to deny extradition.

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