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Neil Andrew seeks position of Speaker of The House of Representatives

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16 October, 1998

Chief Government Whip



The Chief Government Whip in the House of Representatives, Mr Neil Andrew, today indicated to the Prime Minister that he intends to nominate for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives, thus making him ineligible for reappointment as Chief Government Whip.

The present Speaker of the House, the Right Honourable Ian Sinclair, did not seek re­ election in the recent Federal campaign.

Mr Andrew said that he had thoroughly enjoyed his role as Chief Whip and had appreciated the opportunities and contacts that had come with the office.

“Being Chief Whip in Government has been a real privilege, particularly as the Federal Parliamentary Liberal Party has been a very cohesive team under Prime Minister John Howard.”

“I now have the opportunity to serve the Parliament in a new role, and with extensive experience as a member of the Speakers Panel for over eight years, I believe I have the skills and capacity to do the job well.”

Mr Andrew said the Speaker had a key role to play in the management of the House of Representatives and in raising the public perception of the Parliament.

“The duties of the Chief Whip are very much those of conciliation and arbitration; my recent experiences, and those of fifteen years in the Federal Parliament, will provide a good grounding for the demanding task of Speaker.”

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