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List of speakers of the Australian House of Representatives

Below is a list of speakers of the Australian House of Representatives.

The parties shown are those to which the speakers belonged at the time they held office.

List

No. Name Portrait Party State Term of office Comments
1 Sir Frederick Holder Independent South Australia 9 May 1901 23 July 1909 Resigned from Free Trade Party upon election as speaker. Died in office.
2 Dr Carty Salmon Liberal Victoria 28 July 1909 19 February 1910
3 Charles McDonald Labor Queensland 1 July 1910 23 April 1913 First time in role.
4 Sir Elliot Johnson Liberal New South Wales 9 July 1913 30 July 1914 First time in role.
(3) Charles McDonald Labor Queensland 8 October 1914 26 March 1917 Second time in role. First Speaker to serve multiple terms.
(4) Sir Elliot Johnson Nationalist New South Wales 14 June 1917 6 November 1922 Second time in role. Most recent Speaker to serve multiple terms.
5 William Watt Nationalist Victoria 28 February 1923 3 October 1925 First former government minister to become Speaker.
6 Sir Littleton Groom Nationalist Queensland 13 January 1927 16 September 1929 Defeated in his own seat.
7 Norman Makin Labor South Australia 20 November 1929 27 November 1931
8 George Mackay United Australia Queensland 17 February 1932 7 August 1934
9 Sir George John Bell United Australia Tasmania 23 October 1934 27 August 1940
10 Walter Nairn United Australia Western Australia 20 November 1940 21 June 1943 Remained as speaker following the mid-term fall of the Fadden minority government in 1941, until defeated in his own seat at the 1943 election.
11 Sol Rosevear Labor New South Wales 22 June 1943 31 October 1949
12 Archie Cameron Liberal South Australia 22 February 1950 9 August 1956 Died in office.
13 Sir John "Jack" McLeay Liberal South Australia 29 August 1956 31 October 1966
14 Sir William Aston Liberal New South Wales 21 February 1967 2 November 1972 Defeated in his own seat.
15 Jim Cope Labor New South Wales 27 February 1973 27 February 1975 Resigned after the Whitlam government refused to support his naming of the Minister for Labour and Immigration, Clyde Cameron.
16 Gordon Scholes Labor Victoria 27 February 1975 11 November 1975
17 Sir Billy Snedden Liberal Victoria 17 February 1976 4 February 1983
18 Dr Harry Jenkins Sr. Labor Victoria 21 April 1983 20 December 1985 First Speaker whose son was a later Speaker.
19 Joan Child Speaker Joan Child Labor Victoria 11 February 1986 28 August 1989 First female Speaker.
20 Leo McLeay Labor New South Wales 29 August 1989 8 February 1993
21 Stephen Martin Labor New South Wales 4 May 1993 29 January 1996
22 Bob Halverson Liberal Victoria 30 April 1996 3 March 1998
23 Ian Sinclair National New South Wales 4 March 1998 31 August 1998
24 Neil Andrew Liberal South Australia 10 November 1998 31 August 2004
25 David Hawker Liberal Victoria 16 November 2004 17 October 2007
26 Harry Jenkins Jr. Labor Victoria 12 February 2008 24 November 2011[1] First Speaker whose father was a Speaker.
27 Peter Slipper Independent Queensland 24 November 2011[2] 9 October 2012[2] Resigned from the Liberal National Party the day after his election as Speaker. Resigned the speakership in the midst of court proceedings. First independent Speaker since Frederick Holder.
28 Anna Burke Labor Victoria 9 October 2012[3] 5 August 2013
29 Bronwyn Bishop Liberal New South Wales 12 November 2013 2 August 2015 First non-Labor female Speaker (third overall). Stood down after public outcry about profligate use of taxpayer funded travel benefits.[4][5][6]
30 Tony Smith Liberal Victoria 10 August 2015 23 November 2021
31 Andrew Wallace Liberal Queensland 23 November 2021 26 July 2022
32 Milton Dick Labor Queensland 26 July 2022 Incumbent

References

  1. ^ "Biography for Jenkins, Henry (Harry) Alfred". Australian Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Slipper, Peter Neil, (the Hon)". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Biography for Burke, Anna Elizabeth". Australian Parliamentary Library. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  4. ^ Crowe, David (2 August 2015). "Bronwyn Bishop resigns, PM launches review of entitlements". The Australian. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Bronwyn Bishop resigns as Speaker; Tony Abbott announces review of entitlements system". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2 August 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Standing by Bronwyn Bishop: How Tony Abbott's stubbornness could have prompted his second brush with political death". Sydney Morning Herald. 3 August 2015.
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