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Speaker – Legislative Assembly


♪♪♪ MUSIC ♪♪♪ This chair on the podium in the
Legislative Assembly chamber is reserved for the Speaker, also known as
the Presiding Officer. Western Australia
is yet to have a female Speaker, so every Speaker to sit in this chair
for the past 110 years or so has been a male member
of the Legislative Assembly. The Speaker is an elected member
of the Legislative Assembly and is chosen by the members
when the house first meets after an election. Speakers can be re-elected
for second or third terms or even longer. From this position, the Speaker is
a bit like an umpire in tennis. He can see the full house, monitor behaviour
and proceedings, make calls and rulings and bring the house to order
if required.I hope you weren’t referringto the minister
as a drip, were you?
Well, withdrawand I call you to order
for the first time.
Minister,
you wrap this up please.
The Speaker
is usually drawn from government and must carry out his duties
with impartiality; that is,
he responds with authority but from a neutral position The Speaker controls debate
and proceedings but is assisted
by a set of rules known as the standing orders. The Speaker can also vote but only in a situation
known as a division when the result of the
members’ vote is equal or tied. ♪♪♪ MUSIC ♪♪♪

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