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(generated from captions) back with you tomorrow. Bronwyn Bishop was sighted on arrival coming through the stairwell on the House of that's
Representatives side. This that's the best look we've had at what do we call it, former Speaker.



It seems like only yesterday that Liberal MPs were gathering in that room to consider another matter all together to
that like the Speakership goes to the

Julie Bishop the Liberals Steven
deputy leader going along with



Malcolm
We can see Sussan Ley, Malcolm Turnbull and Michael Chris Uhlmann
yennan. We are going to bring Chris Uhlmann our political editor in now. Just on the latest rumblings, the words from the Liberals before they went in. Is it fair to say Tony Smith would enter as smig something of a favourite or too hard to tell.He is in front but this is an exhaustive Russell
ballot. We are expecting Russell Broadbent, Ross Vasta, Tony Smith and Andrew Southcott. They are coloured will be
ballot papers. The first vote will be to exclude the bottom one, then different coloured ballot papers, three names on it, the process goes again until they get 50% so 37 plus one because there are 74 in This
this meeting. Only Liberal MPs. This is an extraordinary meeting so there will be a regular meeting of the party room tomorrow which will include Senators. Some Senators are anxiously awaiting this at Aussies cafe hoping they might be the first to get the word this
but this is an exclusive club this morning.Only that one order of business to attend, just the Speaker nomination? That's right. The way it will proceed this morning is they will go to nominations. Once they have the nominations, they were thinking about the possibility of giving each one whatever reason
three minutes to speak. For whatever reason yesterday afternoon they decided the candidates were well enough known and their form well enough known they didn't need to try to convince their comrades whether or not they were good enough for the job. People think this is a good field. Ross Vasta is at the end but Russell Broadbent, Andrew Southcott and Tony Smith, people are happy with all those three. They were saying yesterday afternoon they were surprised by the amount of support Russell Broadbent was actually getting. If one of those is excluded, for example, even though Tony Smith might be in front and all of Russell Andrew
Broadbent's votes went to Andrew Southcott, that might see him over the line. We won't know until they emerge.Andrew Lamming among the stragglers making his way in with Alex Hawke. The attendants are starting to close the doors as a Labor MP - looks like Michael Danby passing by, may have an office over there somewhere. To the extent numbers have been worked, Chris Uhlmann, how exchanges
likely is it there are exchanges of blocs in the elimination phase? Let's say you lose Ross Vasta for instance in the first round, how much do they stay together as a bloc as you carve up those votes and candidates are it is
eliminated? In this instance it is difficult to herd them. Labor
We talk about factions in the Labor Party and we saw there when it came to leadership votes, people went their own way. The Liberal Party being the Liberal Party they may give a vote to the first candidate or indicate a preference for a first candidate. After that, it's anybody's guess as to how the votes would be divided. Here comes the Prime Minister with Jamie Briggs ...There is a power combination.This is a power couple. They were saying yesterday they thought Tony Smith had his nose in front but they added "That is if everyone does what they say, and in politics, that's a crazy, brave assumption". The Liberals rate It
this field as a quality field. It is distinct in this sense: You've got three men of similar age, in their late 40s, then a Russell Broadbent
middle ranking candidate around Russell Broadbent and then, I suppose, under some extreme scenario possibly a Philip Ruddock as an outlier at the other end but that's unlikely, isn't, Philip Ruddock? It is. That became less likely through the course of this week. Philip Ruddock was considered to be a front run er at the outset, the father of the House, he was interested in the job. As phone calls were made through the course of the last week, he himself was seeing his hopes there
fading on that front. Perhaps there were State-based loyalties coming into it falling in behind the Victorians. That's the word yesterday. Philip Ruddock unlikely to be nominated this morning or to nominate himself Prime Minister
as a candidate.It is 9:05, the Prime Minister is in the Liberal party room. It is safe to assume those who were going to make it have made it. Not all of the candidates spoke on arrival at Parliament House but one who did was Russell Broadbent. How are you feeling ahead of the party room ballot today? When we are in such a time as this, perhaps we are doing something new.What's your pitch? I don't have a pitch for my colleagues. The colleagues will make the decision. It is a great opportunity to start again. Perhaps sending a message to everybody over 60 years of age that they have an opportunity to start again, to re-boot and every young person in Australia has the opportunity to do something amazing.You will sit will
outside of party room? No, I will be sitting in the party room. I have a responsibility to my electorate and I need to know what's going on in that party room when my colleagues speak. I'm a regional representative and my electorate is very important to me. I may be quieter than in the past but I will be in the party room.In what way do you think you will bring a greater Bronwyn
independence to the role than Bronwyn Bishop did? I don't think it is a point of greater independence. I think I'm respected by both sides of the House and I will give it my best shot. Thank you very much. Russell Broadbent looking forward to giving it his best shot but he cannot be certain of what that means until the ballots are held and let's assume they're probably under way already. Chris Uhlmann, these people who make a decision to have a run at the Speakership, if you look at them in the past, they've done it by way of eschewing other frontbench rooect responsibilities and getting in the parliamentary stream of the Speaker's panel. We saw it with Anna Burke and others. Is it terminal to your ministerial or frontbench responsibilities if you go down this path of the parliamentary stream, as it were? I don't think necessarily terminal but an indication you are sending to your colleagues you have given up on a Ministerial career. Tony Smith in particular was one who did have Ministerial aspirations. I think it was the 2010 election, though, where the portfolio he was involved in, which is a very difficult one at the time because the strongest shot in the locker was the National Broadcasting Network. He was going up against the NBN, told to bury it by the Prime Minister. That proved to be a very difficult thing to do. It did help terminate his aspirations in the Shadow Cabinet. Now Tony Smith is saying he is interested in this at the age of 48, which is young for a politician, he has decided Andrew Southcott
there isn't a career for him. Andrew Southcott very well regarded but not one of the largest personalities in politics.We haven't seen Andrew Southcott or Tony Smith in the chair in any capacity. Sometimes late at night Tony Smith possibly but we haven't seen a lot of them so we can't measure them on performance? No, because there is the Speaker's panel, then we have the Deputy Speaker, that's Bruce Scott, all we are doing is filling a casual vacancy of the Speaker. That's the only vote in Parliament today. We have seen Bruce Scott, we know Ross
he is very good and respected. Ross Vasta, we have seen him in the Speaker's chair, we saw photographs of him there maybe courtesy of himself. He thinks the chair fits him rather well. (Laughter) beyond that, no, we haven't seen a lot of the other two in the chair.Self-assessment from Ross Vasta. Whoever gets it is up for a healthy income promotion because they'll move from roughly speaking the backbencher's wage, although some will have committee duties that push them up over 200,000 in income to $340,000 for the Speakership. Chris? It is well worth noting, too, how important the role of the Speaker is. It is provided for in the Constitution. People were saying last week why is it Bronwyn Bishop is remaining in the job for that particular week? Why doesn't she resign and leave? That's because she is a
can't be replaced until there is a Speaker in her place. The Speaker and the President of the Senate control the entire precinct of Parliament. Police are not allowed in here unless they do so with the permission of those two officers. They get to decide everything that happens inside this building. They are more powerful than the Prime Minister inside Parliament. That's got a long history because the reason we see a Speaker struggling to the chair is once upon a time, nobody wanted the job because there is every chance you'd be dragged out of it by the executive, that being the King, and be headed! They didn't get the money but they got the responsibility that went with it.In anyone's book, we will call that power. We might bring in James Glenday. He is in a position in this building to which we think Scott Buccholz is coming, the Chief Government Whip to announce the result or will he be doing that nearby to you? We are not sure whether he will do it in the courtyard or outside the party room. We have seen a lot of Liberal MPs and Ministers stream past this morning only a couple of minutes ago, a couple of straggling Ministers, Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne floated past. They said they were looking forward to the vote and wouldn't call it either way.Okay, your own phoning around in the course of your duties in recent days, did you glean anything other than what Chris Uhlmann's been learning and, that is that Tony Smith quite possibly ahead but a little bit hard to read at this point? It still seemed hard to call. Even as late as a couple of hours ago, all the Liberal MPs I had spoken to said they thought Tony Smith was the most likely candidate to win, even those that were supporting others. From SA, for example, Andrew Southcott, a couple of people told me they thought Russell Broadbent would do much better than people are expecting. All these predictions were put forward with the caveat that, given it is a four-horse race, getting that majority 38 votes could take a couple of rounds and then, of course, when that does counting
happen, that makes the vote counting a more complex process. No-one would tell me 100 per cent they thought, yes, definitely this is what's going to happen but the form guide, if you could call it that, seems to suggest Tony Smith was the front runner.James, we have seen in the somewhat tumultuous 43rd Parliament that sometimes we had shenanigans for entirely different reasons against what we are going to see today. We had nominations Opposition
coming forward from the Opposition side in a contested, balanced race for the Speakership. Are we going to see any nomination put forward to make some sort of political point by the Labor Party? Well, there was a suggestion late last week that possibly the Labor Party could put forward someone like Bruce Scott who is the Deputy Speaker. He would be able to do the job. I'm sure he has the ambition to do the job but as a Nationals MP it is almost numbers
certain he doesn't have the numbers to do the job. There was a suggestion they might do something like that but this morning I've been told, no, they won't. They think the lead candidates for this role, unless something we are not even aware of happens, the candidates like Tony Smith are people that the Opposition is unlikely to oppose. Certainly for some government backbenchers, even some Labor backbenchers, there is a view anyone but Bronwyn Bishop would of
possibly be better because she, of course, took up not only a lot of media attention but also had a very strong habit for booting Labor MPs out. I think both sides of politics now want a Speaker that blends into the background more, one that speaks but not necessarily making front page news or not the nightly news on the same Speaker
level as Bronwyn Bishop was.A Speaker who is seen but not heard probably more fits the bill. We will cross back to you later as and when news develops down there. In the meantime, we might take a look back at how we got to today. That, of course, involved the travel Bronwyn
expenses scandal involving Bronwyn Bishop and most of that stretching out over the six weeks of the winter break. We all get reports on politicians' travel expenses. We get them in six monthly blocks but they're not really transparent about exactly what was behind each expense line. While people had some opportunity to see how much Bronwyn Bishop had been spending as Speaker on travel, they hadn't necessarily been able to work out on what. When and
finally that code was unlocked and people were able to realise that a $5,000 chopper was a part of her expense totals moving from Essendon to Geelong, that's pretty much when all hell broke loose. Let's look back on this construction put together by our political editor and video editor - political editor Chris Uhlmann and video editor Ben Crawford. I would like to see respect come back to the elected representatives. There will be silence. You can regard yourselves as universally warned. The member for Isaacs will leave under 94A.This farce has gone on for far too long. Federal Labor wants to know why the Speaker Bronwyn Bishop chartered a helicopter to take an 80km flight for a Liberal Party function.I think this is one of the most egregious abuses of entitlements.That short flight between Melbourne and Geelong cost more than $5,000.It is not a good look, is it? Ah, well, it is not a good look.She has admitted no wrongdoing, saying the travel was conducted within the rules but, to avoid any doubt, she will reimburse the full costs.If a $5,000 chopper trip is within the rules, the rules are broken.I would love to take a chopper trip. I certainly wouldn't, no .Madam Speaker sounded anything but contrite.It has been a political beat-up, I'm very sorry it has taken the heat off Mr Shorten.Later she fronted the media formally.It was clearly an error of judgment. Will you apologise to the Australian people? I think the biggest apology one can make is to repay the money.Bronwyn has repaid the money. She does a good job.In 2006, Ms Bishop got almost $600 for flights to Albury on a Friday afternoon before going to the nearby wedding of Sophie Mirabella the next day.This is a born-to-rule attitude gone absolutely mad.The Speaker seems to have expensive taste. Last year she set back taxpayers more than $800,000 in total including almost $310,000 on overseas travel, 48,500 on costs
domestic trips, 370 on office costs and more than $33,000 on includes
limousines. The lefty bill includes the much-publicised $5,000 chopper ride from Melbourne to Geelong but not two private plane trips to the town of Young and South Coast city of of Nowra.Everyone who has done something like this inevitably for a period of time they're on probation.This has sucked up too much oxygen for the nation.Now Tony Abbott gives Bronwyn Bishop one of these.The Speaker is consulting with her colleagues.I'm sure Speaker Bishop will take into account as she considers her position.I accept people are very unhappy about this issue.Alas some colleagues seemed to be making light of the Speaker's now notorious helicopter flight from Melbourne to Geelong.One tram, one train, one car.No choppers? No aerial component whatsoever.Bronwyn Bishop doesn't sit as comfortably in the chair anymore and she is calling herself to order.I am so apologetic to the Australian people for letting them down.Today Ms Bishop called me to let me know she would be resigning.

That is how it all played out for Bronwyn Bishop who is back in the building today. We saw her entering the Liberal party room and she will be casting a minutes
ballot there. 18 minutes, 19 minutes into that meeting. There is that shot. The corridor shot leading up towards the Government party room. It is on the northern end of the House of Representatives Chris
side of this building and, Chris Uhlmann, that shot - microphone, green carpet, attendants guarding the door to seeing
the Liberal party room. We are seeing it in a different seen
context today but gee we've seen a lot of it on Australian politics in recent years.Doesn't it speak to something in Australian politics since 2010 we saw Kevin Rudd walking into that Prime
room knowing he was gone as Prime Minister. Julia Gillard emerging. People giving us the numbers, her walking past saying she'd have a press conference later on. Then three more times under Labor. Eventually Julia Gillard went the
down to Kevin Rudd. Then during the course of the Labor Party we lost a Speaker, Peter Slipper. At the beginning of this year, the Prime Minister was challenged by his party room. Nearly 40% voted against him in a contest with an empty chair, now we are seeing a Speaker gone again in this term of government. Looking from the outside, it completely bemuses some foreign governments I know as to what exactly is going on in Australia which, on an economic level and a political level looks particularly stable but we have had these routine challenges of leadership. It is a question for the political class, I think.The election of the Speaker is obviously different to the election of a Prime Minister but a party room but what does it say about instability? How much is the loss of Bronwyn Bishop got to do with a lack of control and, if you like, discipline within a Government? I think, too, you walk it back to some of the tenor of politics we have seen and particularly over the course of the last hung Parliament where there was a particularly strident tone from the Opposition, from Tony Abbott. He set that tone in politics. It was matched by the Government and matched by the media and I think we have seen that carry on into this Parliament even with the appointment of Bronwyn Bishop. When Tony Abbott made that captain's pick because he was trying to make some space in the Ministry, he knew he was appointing someone who was particularly partisan. That gets carried over into politics in the Parliament itself. Now it's always a rough and tumble place, we have seen Question Time for a long time but Bronwyn Bishop managed to kick out more people percentage wise than any other Speaker before or since.393? Almost got to 400. Almost a pity she couldn't crack the 400! That will torment her all her days, I'm sure.No-one can look at the referee and see a sendoff count of 400-8 and think that's a fair game. Labor Party played to it. There was almost a game in Question Time to see who could get kicked out. I think Mr Dreyfus might be in the front there.He was nudging up against an early bolter in Nick Champion from SA who may or may not have had a quest to take the line honours but Mark Bronwyn
Dreyfus had fallen foul of Bronwyn Bishop, including as recently as Parliament's last sitting day before the winter break. Hence he won't even be in the Chamber because he is still serving out the remainder of his punishment term this morning for a few hours. At 10 o'clock, we were told last week, he can't enter the Chamber to participate in this election of a Speaker.94A gets you suspended for a brief period of time but you can have someone suspended from the services of the House which was the member being named. That happened more frequently or seemed to happen more frequently than I can remember in the past. We have had partisan Speakers before. I don't think anyone can say Leo McClay was anything but a partisan member. It really was skewed. All of the candidates, interestingly, have said they want to see a different tone set in Parliament. We will see quite a different presence in the chair no matter who wins the race.What does that mean? Noticeably less partisan in their rulings? I would hope and expect that would be the case, trying to keep people in the Chamber. You might find too the Labor Party responds in kind if they don't believe someone in the chair is as partisan, they might not kick up such a ruckus. They'll be wanting to see Ministers are held to account in trying to answer questions and the direct relevance rules are applied. They can't wander off and say whatever they like. We have seen changes to the way that the system operated in Question Time in the hung Parliament. Mercifully, they cut down the amount of time you could answer because Kevin Rudd's answers went on sometimes for 15 minutes and they cut down the amount of time. That has been a good reform. It would be good to see a few more reforms.We won't get any feel for what the incoming Speaker wants to do with Question Time. We won't get a fix on that today because there isn't going to be one. We reasons
can perhaps recap on the reasons for that in a moment but because we are talking about the Labor Party and its approach to the new Speaker, we might just catch the thoughts of a couple of them. Rob Mitchell and Lisa Chester were among the few to speak on arrival at the House of Representatives' doors this morning. Here is a brief taste test on what they had to say.I just hope that whoever does get picked by Tony Abbott to be the Speaker of the Parliament actually returns dignity and prestige to it. The Parliament has gone backwards in the sense of the way the Speakership has been treated. The Australian people deserve to have a Speaker who is genuinely there for the right reasons and lifts the standards of Parliament because they are falling, it needs to be addressed. I hope whoever does it does it for the right reasons, which is to be Speaker, to do the right thing by the Parliament and the Australian public.What we want the see from the Speakership and all the people who sit in the Speaker's chair is independence, bipartisan. We want to see the respect for Parliament to be restored. We want to see an independent Speaker like we've had in every Speaker before Bronwyn Bishop. There you go, talking about putting respect in the Parliament back to the fore under the new Speaker. Two Labor MPs there Lisa Chesser and Rob Mitchell. Chris Uhlmann, we are at the 25-26 minute mark on the meeting. As they move through the cascading series of ballots, they've got to remake the papers in each case, do they? They'll be colour coded so they don't get the votes confused. Some people have said they are going to nominate or be nominated. They go in there not knowing the exact number. There might be a bolter inside the room we didn't know about it. Some people were saying they wanted to see a woman. It is possible someone might nominate a woman candidate. That person can accept or decline that opportunity. Let's say we get the four names on the ballot paper we know of, Tony Smith, Andrew Southcott, Russell Broadbent and Ross Vasta. Those names have to be typed on the ballot paper, let's say white, and Ross Vasta gets knocked off in the first round. Then type up the three times on a - three names on a blue piece of paper, then photocopies. The process may take longer because the logistics simply down to typing and photocopying.You have of most
spoken about the stated desire of most of the candidates to raise the tone. How much do you think that's driven not just by the conduct of a Speaker but by such as
the travel entitlements scandal such as it has engulfed politics in recent weeks? Is there a dawning awareness about this pox on both your Houses business? Absolutely. We saw that before this. Over the course of the last six years we saw quite a marked decline in the standing of Federal politicians in the eyes of the community. Politicians are never normally held in great regard. They match journalists and prostitutes - prostitutes beat both journalists and politicians but, in any event, Federal politicians about six or seven years ago were above State politicians and local councillors when it came to the standing which the public held them. We saw under Kevin Rudd politicians
that collapsed so all politicians were seen to be the same. Across the course of the last six years, the standing of Federal politicians has dropped dramatically. The travel entitlements scandal has just supercharged that. I guess, Bronwyn
too, because the one with Bronwyn Bishop was just so egregious. To take a 90km helicopter ride to get to a place that most people obviously drive to and you can get there reasonably comfortably and she could have got there very comfortably in a Commonwealth car, it was something everyone understood, it managed to supercharge that feeling of discontent people any
have about Federal politics in any event. Both sides of politics realise there is damage being done to the political class and it has to be repaired.That drives the imperative for the entitlements statements
review? You see in the early statements on this, even before it is properly launched, that everyone seems eager from the major parties, forget Clive Palmer and a few others, but very eager this kind consensus and push all of this into the background? And also in the has
past with these things, there has been a cone of silence over it by the two major parties because they knew it was mutually assured destruction. You press that button and take someone out as Bronwyn Bishop was taken out. Tony Burke was leading the charge. Immediately, essentially, the Coalition began to dig up bits and pieces on him. The media did it too but it was being fed because he was the chief protagonist, they'd decided to take him out sending a clear message to Labor "There is plenty of people you have to worry about it". People want it to end. Most members were happy with more transparency in the system but they don't want to lose their entitlements.It was interesting to watch in that context those who chose to say as little as possible last week as the entitlements scandal came out particularly on family travel. A lot didn't want to talk about it because it subsequently emerged they'd made use of that entitlement themselves. A little bit of movement in the corridor but, party
alas, not from the Liberal There
party room. Not yet anyway. quickly
There is probably time just quickly for us to check in on what James Glenday, our political reporter, is seeing from a nearby courtyard. I think James is just about to be able to join us now. Obviously you are not within sight of the Liberal party room, not through the glass anyway but Labor MPs, I suppose, they are milling around with 30 minutes to go until Parliament? There is a few who have cheekily walked past and they've been doing the rounds of the building. A couple are in the press gallery trying to get a sense of what's going on. I suppose that's to be expected. It is the end of the winter break, the start of There
a new session of Parliament. There is a little bit of anticipation now about when the made.Obviously
announcement will be made.Obviously book-ended by the scheduled 10 o'clock start to Parliament. This can't be indefinite. It can't drag on forever? No. Of course not. As Chris Uhlmann just said a moment ago, a couple of Liberal MPs before they wept went into the party room did they say it could take some time given the complex way they have to do the voting system. They might have to have several different rounds and several different ballot papers. That could be part of the reason why it takes a built longer.- bit longer. Probably going fractionally longer than some of us might confidentably
have anticipated but confidentably within time for the resumption of Parliament. That's the corridor shot there. As I said earlier, not so many House of Representatives
people spoke on arrival at the this
House of Representatives door this morning. This is where the media waits to talk to those who choose to want to make comments or who come out to do so. One who did offer a few thoughts was the WA Liberal Ken Wyatt.Any four of them are fine and outstanding individuals and one today will be selected by the party room with my colleagues and then you will hear about it when we take them to the chair. Who is it that person you spoke to? Was matter who
it Tony Smith? It doesn't matter who I spoke to.What are the qualities of a good Speaker? I think managing the order of the House business. The other one is also the way in which the conduct of the Parliament is run. More importantly, about the way in which the public also see the effectiveness of the Speaker within the House.Should they attend party room meetings, do you think? If it was me, I wouldn't attend a party room choices
meeting. I think there are choices that individuals made. Bron wish as Speaker - Bronwyn party
as a Speaker did attend the party room but she also left at different times. It is up to the individual .Is that a factor for you in your vote? There is a few factors. I'm certainly looking at the quality of the individual I'm supporting and the way in which they will bring together members of Parliament to conduct the House in an orderly manner.That was Ken Wyatt. A West Australian. Just to recap the point that, after they've elected a Speaker this morning in that 10 o'clock session of Parliament, Parliament will briefly adjourn, have a tea break perhaps and then return for condolence motions on the Liberal MP Don Randall. Ken Wyatt being a West Australian will probably choose to make a contribution in that debate but that comes up a little later in the day. Chris Uhlmann, the politics of this session more broadly, once we get through the election of a Speaker at 10 o'clock formally, beforehand obviously when we get the result from the Liberal party room, the general standing of the government and how it is going to approach this next session of Parliament, does it have a lot on its plate in legislative terms? Not in legislative terms, no. In fact, the Government seems to be struggling a little bit for an agenda. If you go back to when Parliament rose, the Government seemed to be on a high. Its Budget had been much better received than the first one, that wouldn't have been hard because the first one was so badly received. It was closing in on Labor Party in the polls although still behind in Newspoll. It had a bad winter break. This is the worst of it, the loss of the Speaker. We have seen the Prime Minister's travel trying to shore up areas for the Government which are quite weak. SA where they are Nick Xenophon run
in fear of Armageddon should Nick Xenophon run 11 candidates in the Louis seats and then - Louis seats and then preference, they fear they might lose all their seats in SA. The Prime Minister went to Corangamite. Yesterday he was in Petrie. It would appear it is jobs and security, after that jobs and growth, then the best shot is to begin a marginal seats campaign we are assuming a long way out from an election. The Government returns to Parliament in a much weaker position than it left it and that's reflected in Newspoll where the gap has blown out again .You have reported the Prime Minister has a view that being behind is okay, they could knock Bill during the
Shorten off and draw the gap in during the course of a campaign but sliding backwards in Newspoll. We can take with a two-party
grain of salt, I suppose, the two-party preferred figure but even the personality measures around better Prime Minister satisfaction, none of it pointing as though the marginal seats campaign of which you mentioned is really working.The Prime Minister took a while to get his confidence back after February. We had that near-death experience as he described it but he did have his confidence back at the end of the last own party
session and was saying to his own party room he believed, even though the gap was four points, then it narrowed to two, he could take Bill Shorten in a general election which is why the Labor Party was getting nervous. Bill Shorten had to face the Royal Commission. The Government expected that would do him great damage. It didn't appear to. He had to face a difficult conference. He came out of both better than expected and a stronger figure Prime
within the Labor Party. The Prime Minister by comparison comes back to Parliament after this scandal involving Bronwyn Bishop where his own side thought he took too long to act and again are questioning his judgment. The other thing is the Government has been behind for the last 28 Newspolls. That looks like a trnd. That looks like it is set in stone. Tony take Bill
Abbott may well believe he can take Bill Shorten but his backbench also has to believe it.Is there a nervousness? Have you checked in with any particularly post this latest Newspoll? There is certainly a grumpiness, a grumpiness about the amount of time it took to deal with Bronwyn Bishop which to marginal seat members was bleedingly obvious. They might have laughed along in the pub but all of them copped it. They wanted the Prime Minister to act. This was egregious, they never thought Bronwyn Bishop was going to get over this. He Prime
took longer than expected. The Prime Minister is extraordinarily loyal as we saw with his Chief of Staff this year. He did not want the abandon Bronwyn Bishop. He was left with no choice and Bronwyn Bishop didn't make things better for herself because she had an opportunity at an early press conference to try and courterise this but she simply said paying the money back was an apology in and of itself. But it wasn't.Chris Uhlmann mentioned the Trade Union Royal Commission by Bill Shorten and the Labor Party conference in Melbourne, both seem an eternity ago now with the way that the last fortnight has been consumed by Bronwyn Bishop and travel entitlements. We will briefly break away from the live shot you have been seeing of the corridor outside the Government party room to show you the Whips. They have a will
very important job today. We will be seeing more of them I assume imminently. That's Scott Buck hols, Andrew Nikolic - they have the ballot box with would have
them. 40 minutes ago now he would have gone in there. The next we will see of that trio of Whips is to emerge with the results and hopefully step us through the process of elimination and the numbers gained at each ballot. We are now about 20 minutes away from the resumption of Parliament. So that tells us that this meeting is finite. Chris, when we go into the chamber, unlike the Peter Slipper saga, the chair will be empty on this occasion and it's the clerk of the House of Representatives who - Andrew Broad.A while ago in our government, we got through the Senate safe haven enterprise visas. This was an opportunity for people who have been on bridging visas to work in regional areas. In Victoria, the Daniel Andrews Government haven't done the tick to have safe haven enterprise visas in Victoria. I want to say our country people have jobs for refugees, our country communities stand by them and we should make sure that Victoria signs off on that. I'm not going to be Speaker, sorry to disappoint you.Okay. Bold as brass I think you would call that and well outside standing orders. That's the Nationals' Andrew Board. We might use the word hijacking the media stands there. The microphones and the camera cheekily to make a point about safe haven enterprise Clive
visas. These were the things Clive Palmer helped negotiate into the immigration system as part of the abolition of temporary protection visas. Obviously as a National, Andrew Broad has some fairly strong views on that. Equally obviously as a National, Andrew Broad is not allowed in that Liberal party room meeting this morning. Haven't seen one like that for a while - here we go. Here are our whips. Let's hear the result.Good morning. This morning in the Liberal party room a ballot was conducted for our nominee for the position of Speaker. There were four nominees who put their name forward. Ross Vasta, Andrew Southcott, Tony Smith and Broadbent. After an exhaustive ballot, the final two results come down to Andrew Broadbent and Tony Smith. The victor was Tony Smith 51-22. Mr Smith will be joining you briefly on the and
way through for a quick chat and then I'm required to take him to the clerk's office for a 10
brief before the House rises at 10 o'clock. I thank you all for your consideration.There you go. Tony Smith set to become the next Speaker, the second Speaker of the 44th Parliament this is
of Australia. Those numbers, this is in the final ballot - remember, there would have been preceding balots the results of which we weren't given but in the final one it got down to Russell
Tony Smith with 51 votes and Russell Broadbent 22. 51-22. That's fairly sizeable majority, Chris Uhlmann? It is. It was interesting yesterday quite a few of the Liberals that I was speaking to were saying Russell Broadbent was getting more support than they imagined. That was been
because, in the past, he has been a bur in the saddle of both the Howard and Abbott Governments. So they didn't think he'd get support from colleagues in great numbers. He has obviously managed to see off Andrew Southcott who others were saying was doing quite well.And Ross Vasta too.Never expected Ross Vasta to get many votes. Would like to know how many Ross Vasta got, I'm assuming a number of Queenslanders would vote for him. It did turn out as we expected by quite a healthy margin for Tony Smith.He is a youngish man at 48. He likes to restore cars in his spare time. He is a former political staffer. A long history in this building Tony Smith. It will be interesting, won't it, to hear him outline maybe not here but in the chamber how he brings some of the skills in the chair? As a staffer for Peter Costello he used to say when you asked him anything you didn't want to talk about, he'd say "Off the record, no comment". After that, we will see him in the chair, not in press conferences.You would call him ultra safe as a set of hands when making comments like "Off the record, no comment". Hopefully he brings that sense of safety and stability to the chair. That's probably his intention, nevertheless, Tony Smith. Looks like a bit of excitement happening there. They are poised waiting for someone to emerge after a couple of false Macfarlane enjoying
starts.(Laughter).Ian Macfarlane enjoying his time in the doorway. Malcolm Turnbull made a brief appearance but assume that
ducking back in. You'd have to assume that they are trying to clear a way for Tony Smith to out
be the first person who walks out after we heard from the Whips. Andrew Southcott, we don't know where he finished in the running order but as Chris Uhlmann was suggesting, it is likely Ross Vasta ran fourth, Southcott third, Broadbent as we know second and then Tony Smith. The Whips getting ready so we will be seconds away from them ushering out the Speaker-elect. The second Speaker-elect of this nation's 44th Parliament. Tony Smith is 48. He first entered the House in his seat of Casey. He still holds it and holds it by that name.Here we go.Here he is. We will be quiet and hand over for Tony Smith, the Speaker-elect. Just a few words just to say I'm humbled by the support I have received from the party room. I look forward to what is an important and difficult job that I will do to the best of my ability. I party
won't be attending regular party room meetings as I have told colleagues over the course of the last week. I want to thank all of my colleagues for their support, for their views and for the manner in which this election has taken place. I also want to thank the other three candidates. They're friends of mine, Andrew Southcott and I walked down together, we have been friends for 20 years. Russell Broadbent 30 years. I think that friendship amongst the four of us was reflected in the civility of this contest. That's all I'm going to say. The House begins in about 15 minutes so I'm just going to go off and prepare for that. Thank you very much.So Tony Smith looking understandably proud of Liberal
his achievement, getting the Liberal Party nomination which will carry the day for him. After he goes to a briefing with the Clerk, we will next see him on the floor of the Chamber and it is from there that his nomination will be called on probably by Prime could be
Minister Tony Abbott but it could be made by other Liberals but probably the Prime Minister. Chris Uhlmann, a tangible sign of what type of Speaker he intends to be, Tony Smith. He is not going to attend something that Bronwyn Bishop used to? That's right. Party room meetings, something Harry Jenkins did, something Anna Burke did, to withdraw It
from the party room meetings. It is a symbolic sign the Speaker is trying to stand above party politics. Not something Bronwyn Bishop did. As I said a little earlier, all of the candidates had indicated they would take a different approach to Bronwyn Bishop. That symbolic gesture is quite an important one because it Labor Party
does now send a message to the Labor Party he will attempt to be a different kind of Speaker. We won't get to see this until tomorrow, the Prime Minister walking out with Bronwyn Bishop. That's, of course, where all this began with that ill-fated helicopter ride that ended in her being banished essentially as Speaker.You'd have to think as a seasoned political warrior, that was to make a point, too, walking out with her and a Chris, of all - kiss of all places in front of the cameras.The Prime Minister is sending a message although he had to get rid of his Speaker, one of his qualities is he is loyal, he is not going to deny his long longstanding friendship with Bronwyn Bishop. He used to claim he was the love child, politically at least, of Bronwyn Bishop and John Howard.Immaculately conceived if that's true.The virgin birth, I won't get into theology with that! It is a point she made in an interview. I was going through it the other day, an interview with the ABC's Sabra Lane after she Bronwyn
became Speaker and Sabra put to Bronwyn Bishop about this political love child. We get the message squlmentOn the symbolism of not attending, would we think that was Tony Smith's call and Tony Smith's call alone or this is the considered and joint position that the Liberal party room or even the Prime Minister arrived at? In the end, it has to be Tony Smith's position. He said he had been telling colleagues that's what he would do. In all these things, conducting in a genteel manner, they were canvassing for votes. That's why we got the impression Tony Sydney was ahead - Smith was ahead in that race. An interesting move by him and a good move to set a different tone through the outset. Let's see how it carries through in thank
Parliament.Chris Uhlmann, thank you. To everyone in the team involved in bringing you this moment which took quite a few moments, about 50 of them, in fact, but we know Parliament is coming back in 10 minutes from now. We will bring you that opening of the session live as they elect Tony Smith the Speaker but, Andrew Geoghegan in Sydney in the meantime, we will hand back to you to update everyone on the rest of the day's news.Greg, just before you go, can we talk through the order of formalities once Parliament rises again for this session? What will the order of proceedings be as far as Tony Smith now having been elected Liberal
in that position from the Liberal Party? How will he formally take the role of Speaker? We will see, unusually, the procession of clerks of the House and that's the sergeant at arms, the clerk and the clerk assisting coming in. They will be carrying the mace. There will be no-one in the Speaker's chair. The clerk will rise wearing his black robe and say that he has received a message from the Governor-General informing him of the resignation of a Speaker and that he has asked the Parliament, the Governor-General has asked that the Parliament elect a new Speaker. At that point, nominations will be called for. I think it's probably Tony Abbott who will stand and nominate Tony Smith. It needn't Christopher
be Tony Abbott. It could be Christopher Pyne. Interestingly enough, Tony Abbott was the one who nominated Bronwyn Bishop Tony Abbott
back in November of 2013. Then Tony Abbott would speak to that, or the nominator would speak to that for five minutes. A seconder will be called, they will speak to that for five minutes. The question will be put to Tony Smith "Do you accept this nomination?". He he
would indicate ever so briefly he does. If there are no other nominations received, the clerk would announce Tony Smith has been elected unopposed. A group will go up to his seat back in the nose bleeds and drag him by tradition towards the chair and there to accept he is the Speaker and thank the House and make a speech himself followed by some contributions by those who want to honour him. That would most likely include the Opposition Leader
Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader and several others.Greg, thanks very much. That's set to get under way in just under 10 minutes time. Let's catch up with what's also making news today. Rosie Batty will today give evidence at the Victorian Royal Commission into family violence. Ms Batty was named Australian of the Year after becoming a strong domestic violence campaigner following the murder of her 11-year-old son Luke by his father. The Commission was a State election promise by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews. Pickets continue at Sydney and Brisbane ports after around 100 workers were sacked by email last week. The Fair Work Commission will hold a hearing later today. About 250 people have blocked access to part of Brisbane ports and trucks have been stopped from entering. In Sydney, the Maritime Union says workers will not unload a ship due to arrive later today. A smoking ban comes into force across prisons in NSW today where it is estimated 80% of inmates are smokers. The State Government says the change is necessary for health reasons but there are warnings the ban will lead to tension. A similar ban in Victoria last month sparked a riot at the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall. Australia's Bronte Campbell has given Australia a golden finish to the world swimming championships in Russia. After winning the 100m freestyle earlier in the meet, she backed it up with victory in the 50m event. She says the meet has exceeded all her expectations. Workers at ports in two major cities are refusing to unload the first ships to arrive since colleagues were sacked by email last week. We have our reporters at the picket lines in both Brisbane and Sydney. Let's first go to Brisbane where Allyson Horn is standing are?
by. What's happening where you are? Andrew, it's been a busy morning for protesters here at the Port of Brisbane. We are at Hutchinson
berth 11 which is operated by Hutchinson Port. That was the company that last week sent about 100 people text messages or emails late at night advising them they would no longer have a job. This morning men who
I have spoken with one of the men who got that text message. He said he was lying in bed asleep and suddenly looked at his phone with a text message and it said "Please check your email for your redundancy notice. Ignore any advice you have been given about further shifts, your presence will no longer be required". He is quite distressed. He has a family, a mortgage to take care of and he says he is quite angry. He has been joined this morning by about 250 of his friends, colleagues and supporters. Have a listen to what he said this morning.It was pretty hard to take. For somebody that started with this company and did a lot of things to help them set this up and to be treated like that was just disgusting. The support, as you can see today, is just unbelievable. The people obviously can see that what we are doing is the right thing. We are trying to save our jobs here. The working class rights of most people. If we let this company get away with this, it affects everyone. It is great the support that is coming down to help us out.Obviously work is effectively stopping there. They are not loading or unloading ships. What's the union saying about the action they are taking? The unions say it is necessary to show Hutchinson's they won't be accepting this sort of behaviour. This morning we have seen multiple cars and trucks that have come up to the blockade, the picket line here, and have been turned away. Protesters aren't allowing them into the site. We do know this morning there is meant to be a vessel coming into this berth and we have been told nothing will be loaded on to it or it won't be unloaded either. Work has essentially stopped here. The unions say they will continue this picket line until they get some sort of a resolution. Have a listen to what they said.People are angry that they've been made redundant in the middle of the angry
night. Their supporters are angry because they realise if they get away with knocking over my membership here, they'll be next in line. They're angry at the fact that massive foreign transnational can come to this country and abuse workers in such a way. We are ready for the battle. We have 2 million Australian trade unionists behind us. We have got the belief our struggle is fair and just and right and we're going nowhere until Hutchinson's go and get a large dose of maturity and sit down and negotiate in good faith to try to mitigate this problem as they're obliged to do under the with
industrial agreement they have with us.We hear from the unions there. They say they will remain strident on this issue. Have we heard from Hutchinson as to whether they are likely to back down at all on this issue as the union would like? We do understand Fair
that the case will head to the Fair Work Commission today and obviously within that hearing there will be discussions between the two parties. Last week when this action did happen, Hutchinson put out a statement saying they were facing large financial losses and this was the motivation behind people losing their jobs. Here at this protest site today, people are saying they understand if there are workers that need to be laid off, they need to
understand sometimes people need to lose their jobs.Thanks for much for that. That is where we leave our ABC1 viewers. Stay with us as we return to Canberra with News 24. Let's return to Parliament House. Greg Jennett, once again joins us. Greg, we are just under
about to see Parliament get under way after the winter break and, of course, it is all the about the new Speaker, Tony Smith. I should ask you: Given this all began over the travel entitlements scandal, do we know if Tony Smith is squeaky clean on that issue? Look, I can't say, Andrew, that anyone in the ABC Bureau has gone trawling over his claims. As we were noting earlier, even were you to do so, it is not always clear what was within entitlements or potentially questionable. There is a generally speaking, lack of transparency around the reporting. The reporting happens every six months but as we saw in the Bronwyn Bishop case, you are not to know that a helicopter in her instance had been used to fly just from quite
Melbourne to Geelong. Don't quite know what Tony Smith's travel claims are but he has done a lot of committee work so to the extent he has had to chances
move around the country, chances are a lot of it has been on that sort of parliamentary duty that comes with committee work. We are starting to see the Chamber filling up with about 30 seconds to go until its scheduled start. You can see most of the Government MPs have taken up their position to the right-hand side of the Speaker's chair and the Opposition still starting to flow in and fill the left-hand side with a few cross benchers there as well. As we have been indicating a little earlier, the Parliament will start unusually with the Clerk presiding. The mace will come

we can see he is already there and we will be listening out for him to call the House to order. There is the Sergeant starting to make her way in with the mace. It is going into the stand now which means very shortly we will hear David Elder - not the Speaker but the Clerk - call the House to order and then to talk it through the nominations
process, for the calling of nominations for the Speaker. Here we go. Honourable members I have received the following communication from his excellency the administrator. I desire to inform the House of Representatives that I have received a letter dated 2 Bronwyn
August 2015 from the Honourable Bronwyn Bishop MP tendering her resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives and that I have accepted her

in very shortly. David Elder -