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1. Who will take on Bronwyn Bishop’s role?
Following the resignation of Bronwyn Bishop as Speaker of the House of Representatives yesterday talk now turns to who will replace her.
It is expected that nationals MP and Deputy Speaker Bruce Scott will take the chair when parliament resumes on August 10, as Acting Speaker.
Bruce Scott – who retires next year would receive the support of Labor with Bill Shorten saying last week that if Tony Abbott had not made a “captain’s pick” of Bronwyn Bishop then someone “respected by all sides like Bruce Scott” would be in the chair.
Other than Mr Scott eyes have turned to two female Liberal MPs, Jane Prentice, from the Brisbane seat of Ryan, and Murray MP Sharman Stone reports Fairfax Media.
The ABC says that Phillip Ruddock has been also touted as a possible replacement.
Yesterday the Prime Minister told reporters that the Government would hold a “root and branch review” of the entitlements system in the wake of MS Bishops’ misuse of the funds.
Independent senator Nick Xenophon said Mrs Bishop’s resignation was an opportunity for reform of parliamentary entitlements.
“The risk here is that the Opposition will crow about Bronwyn Bishop resigning, when the big picture is that the whole system of parliamentary entitlements must be fundamentally reformed,” Senator Xenophon said in a statement.