Julie Bishop's tenure as foreign minister may have come to an end, but she's already plotting her way back to the top.
After stepping down from the frontbench following her failed attempt to become Prime Minister, there was speculation that Ms Bishop would step down as an MP.
But the member for Curtin, in Western Australia, has not taken her eyes off the prize.
Former foreign minister Julie Bishop's time near the top of the power echelon may have ended for now but the MP won't rule out a power play in the future
Ms Bishop gave a press conference to officially step down as foreign minister after the leadership vote .
'Given the circumstances, I believed it was appropriate for me to resign my Cabinet role as foreign minister,' she said.
'This is one of the most significant positions in the Government for our economic prosperity and our national security, depends upon our international engagement, our relationships, our reputation, our standing in the eyes of the world.'
Ms Bishop was asked directly if she intended on making another run at a senior position in the party, whether frontbench or the leadership itself.
After leaving her role as Foreign Minister there was speculation around what the future would hold for Miss Bishop, with a future shot at party leadership being a possibility
'It’s far too early for me to even contemplate what I might do. But I will certainly have plenty of time to consider my options and reflect on what has been an extraordinary time,' she said.
But Ms Bishop has now spoken to Post Newspapers in her home state about her decision to quit as foreign minister.
'I just felt it was best I not be part of that cabinet, I got caught up in unbelievable conflict between the Left and the Right of my party,' she said.
Ms Bishop also said she felt she could