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Bronwyn Bishop anointed new Speaker of the House

Bronwyn Bishop.

Bronwyn Bishop.

Bronwyn Bishop has promised to preside over a more ''dignified'' Parliament from the Speaker's chair.

Ms Bishop, who entered Parliament in 1987 and was twice a minister under John Howard, has accepted the role of Speaker of the House of Representatives after a personal request by incoming prime minister Tony Abbott.

Mr Abbott is due to announce his first ministry on Monday and Ms Bishop's acceptance of the speakership was seen as vital to him making some minor tweaks to his team, largely carried from his shadow ministry.

The loss of Sophie Mirabella, who was to have been Industry Minister, has prompted calls for greater female representation in the cabinet and outer ministry.

Mr Abbott said his choice of Ms Bishop was about returning the floor of Parliament to a place of ''genuine debate''.

''I want to bring some dignity back to the Parliament and that means a Speaker who can control the Parliament and who can act without fear nor favour,'' he said.

''And I want someone who is as tough on the government as on the opposition, because I think the people expect a parliament which is a genuine debating chamber and not just a chamber where the government bludgeons the opposition.''

The Liberal party room will be asked to endorse Ms Bishop's selection before the first sitting day of the 44th Parliament. It is traditional for the Speaker to be escorted ''against their will'' to the chair by colleagues.

Mr Abbott, who has pointedly promised a ''measured and calm'' government, will also be hoping for less action in the Speaker's chair after the removal of Harry Jenkins and Peter Slipper's brief but controversial stint in the chair during the fractious 43rd Parliament.

Ms Bishop said: ''I certainly feel that the Parliament itself is entitled to have dignity returned to it. That doesn't mean it won't be a robust place, but it does mean that it will have a dignity that has been lacking in the last little while.''

Meanwhile, Liberal Victorian Premier Denis Napthine has urged Mr Abbott to promote more women to the federal ministry, suggesting Victorian MPs Kelly O'Dwyer and former workforce participation minister Sharman Stone as worthy possible selections.

It is understood NSW senator Arthur Sinodinos will be promoted to cabinet in the finance role. However, the Australian Financial Review is reporting that Senator Sinodinos may be overlooked for the role in favour of Mathias Cormann.

Queensland Senator Ian McDonald, who missed out on a frontbench seat, took to social media to express his disappointment, saying it was the ''worst day of his life''.

171 comments

  • Guess that will depend on how well behaved the rabble are when they sit on the Gov benches. C Pyne comes to mind as a totally undisciplined member.

    Commenter
    Ian of Victor
    Date and time
    September 16, 2013, 6:52AM
    • Pyne can be undisciplined and received the wrath of Slipper and Burke on numerous occasions.

      Likeliest ALP members to be first ejectees - Swan, Plibersek and Albo.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 8:31AM
    • Ian of Victor 6.52am: Oh, my God. We've just managed to rid ourselves of one patronising female (Gillard) and now we are to face at least three years of Thatcher's little copycat (Bishop).

      Commenter
      EBAB
      Location
      St Lucia
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 8:39AM
    • Poor choice. Bishop will allow the LNP full reign to do/say whatever they want. Hacka 8.31am is right - Bishop will turf out ALP & Sundry BEFORE she turfs out any of her buddies!

      Commenter
      Anti Teflon
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 10:15AM
    • Frankly i couldn't think of a better choice than Bronnie amongst the government ranks.

      What will interim leader Bowen's first question be - maybe a carbon tax one, or even the boats ?

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 10:22AM
    • Bronwyn Bishop can keep things familiar by overruling herself.
      BB: Mr Editor, on a point of order? Under standing orders #xyz, the commenter...
      Mr Editor: the member will come to the point.
      BB: Relevance Mr Editor?
      Mr Editor: Meatatarian is being entirely relevant, the member will resume her seat...THE MEMBER WILL RESUME HER SEAT! The member will leave the chamber for one hour under standing orders #zyx......Members on my right will be quiet!

      Commenter
      meatatarian
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 10:38AM
    • Hacka, you'd agree with anything the LNP does. Where's your true critical analysis of any situation? Where is your ability to be objective or unbiased? Where is the acknowledgement that some people have innate strengths and others do not? Following the party line ad nauseam must be terribly boring...

      Commenter
      Anti Teflon
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 10:49AM
    • Not at all, Anti Teflon. The Speaker needs to be objective, know the rules and instill some discipline. Bishop has those skills. I'm a bit concerned about Michalie Cash being mentioned as a possible - low hanging fruit right there.

      Commenter
      Hacka
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 10:58AM
    • EBAB,
      How was J Gillard patronising? or don't you like women bosses?

      Commenter
      Econorat
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 12:11PM
    • @meatatarian. And Anna Bourke allowed free speach in the house. Methinksnot.

      Commenter
      Give Diggers back their rights
      Date and time
      September 16, 2013, 12:17PM

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