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Australian Parliament Elects New Speaker

Australian Parliament Elects New Speaker
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Australia-'s parliament has elected a new speaker of the House following the resignation of former speaker Bronwyn Bishop last week.

Australia's parliament has elected a new speaker of the House following the resignation of former speaker Bronwyn Bishop last week.


Victorian Liberal Member of Parliament Tony Smith was elected today, reported Xinhua.

After the vote was found to be in favour of Mr Smith, he told reporters he was "humbled" to have full support of his Liberal party colleagues.

"I look forward to what is an important and difficult job that I will do to the best of my ability," he said.

Mr Smith takes the reins from Mr Bishop, who succumbed to fierce public pressure after documents detailed her frivolous spending of taxpayer money on entitlements.

He is expected to be a less divisive figure and has already said he would not be as heavy-handed, rather, fairer to both parties while in the position.

He said he would not be attending partyroom meetings, something Mr Bishop never did.

Australian parliament resumes on Monday for the first time since Mr Bishop resigned.
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