’Exile’ Jenkins returns to Speaker’s chair
Sep 27, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Harry Jenkins has declared himself in "self-imposed exile" from the Labor Party after being returned unopposed as the Speaker of the 43rd Parliament during its opening formalities in Canberra today.
His official election ends weeks of uncertainty over who would be speaker, but the issue of who will be his deputies still has to be resolved by a secret ballot later today.
This will be the second term in the chair for the widely respected Mr Jenkins, whose father also served as speaker during his time in Parliament.
No other name was put forward during nominations for the position.