Australian Labor Party nominates Harry Jenkins to be Speaker in parliament

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Australian Labor Party on Friday re-nominated Member of Parliament (MP) Harry Jenkins to be the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

"Harry Jenkins will be our candidate for Speaker," Labor front- bencher Anthony Albanese told ABC News in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Coalition MP Alex Somlyay on Friday has turned down an offer from the Government to become deputy speaker, and pair his vote with Labor Speaker Harry Jenkins.

"I support the Coalition's decision to reject any pairing arrangements for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker positions on the basis that such a pairing is inconsistent with the Constitution," Somlyay said in a statement.

MPs will elect the Speaker and a deputy when parliament sits on Tuesday, the first time it has met since the Aug. 21 election failed to give either of the major parties an absolute majority.

If Somlyay agreed to Labor's offer, it would have helped Labor keep its two-vote majority in the House of Representatives, but would have angered his Coalition colleagues.

The offer came after the Coalition refused on Thursday to agree to provide a pair for a Labor Speaker.

Albanese accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott of being a " wrecker" who did not want to play a constructive role in the parliament.

"Under those circumstances the Labor Party believes it is important to have the best and most experienced person for the job, that is why we will be nominating Harry Jenkins," Albanese told ABC News.

Source: Xinhua


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