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Wellington would take Speaker’s role

HAND’S UP: Independent MP Peter Wellington.
HAND’S UP: Independent MP Peter Wellington. Cade Mooney

PETER Wellington would be more than happy to accept any nomination for Speaker of the House in the new Queensland Parliament.

The Speaker is chosen by secret ballot of all MPs after nominations from the chamber.

Mr Wellington said the election of an independent Speaker would be a significant milestone for the state.

"The Speaker is elected by parliament,'' he said.

"If I was nominated I would accept.''

Mr Wellington said being Speaker would have no impact on his ability to represent the needs of his constituents.

The parliament is delicately poised with Labor on 44, the LNP on 42, Katter's Australian Party holding two seats and Mr Wellington, the Member for Nicklin, based in and around Nambour, the one independent.

The Speaker's casting vote would be required on all occasions when KAP voted with the LNP against any Palaszczuk government legislation. Mr Wellington has guaranteed his vote to Labor, allowing it to form government, on all confidence motions except on issues of accountability and corruption.

He will vote on all other legislation based on what he sees as the best interests of his electorate and the state.

Mr Wellington said former Gladstone independent Liz Cunningham had previously been nominated as Speaker but had not been elected.

Maroochydore LNP MP Fiona Simpson was in the Speaker's chair for three years.

 

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