The Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, Ken Smith, has resigned and Liberal MP Christine Fyffe has been elected unopposed as the new Speaker.
Smith’s resignation came in a belligerent speech at the beginning of the new parliamentary year at 2pm today. Smith attacked Frankston MP Geoff Shaw, accusing him of “outrageous demands” and describing him as “unworthy” of being a member of parliament.
Smith also accused the ALP of collaborating with Shaw. He said Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews had displayed poor leadership, unacceptable and unparliamentary behaviour, and “typical union tactics”. [Read more...]