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Liberal Dunne nominated for Speaker

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Michael Inman

Liberal MLA Vicki Dunne.

Liberal MLA Vicki Dunne. Photo: Daniel Spellman

LIBERAL MLA Vicki Dunne is likely to become the Legislative Assembly Speaker.

Mrs Dunne is expected to be elected uncontested on Tuesday after Labor accepted Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury's request for the Canberra Liberals to take the speakership.

Liberals leader Zed Seselja accepted the offer and said on Saturday that Mrs Dunne was his nomination for the role.

The selection will go to the Liberals' party room for endorsement on Monday.

Mrs Dunne, who was elected to her fourth term in the assembly, will replace Mr Rattenbury in the chair.

The Member for Ginninderra has experience in the role, filling in as Speaker in Mr Rattenbury's absence during the last assembly.

Mrs Dunne said she was honoured to be nominated for the position.

''The Speaker's role is very important and it would be a great honour for whoever assumes the position,'' she said.

''With the support of my colleagues, I would be very pleased to have my name put forward.''

Mr Seselja said Mrs Dunne's experience and knowledge of parliamentary protocol would keep the assembly running smoothly.

''Vicki is one of our most experienced parliamentarians, and I think all would agree that she does the job well when she sits in the chair. I'm sure she'll do a fantastic job.''

Mr Seselja said Mrs Dunne would not favour the opposition benches.

''I'm confident Vicki will be fair; she won't be biased towards us.''

A Liberals Speaker is expected to halt some of the acrimony directed at the chair during the past four years.

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