Bruce Scott

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The Honourable
Bruce Scott
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Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
9 October 2012
Preceded by Anna Burke
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Maranoa
Assumed office
24 March 1990
Preceded by Ian Cameron
Personal details
Born (1943-10-20) 20 October 1943 (age 71)
Roma, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party
Occupation Wool and grain grower

Bruce Craig Scott (born 20 October 1943), an Australian politician, is the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives since 2012. He has been a National Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1990, representing the Division of Maranoa, Queensland.[1]


Scott was born in Roma, Queensland, and was a wool and grain grower before entering politics. He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.[2] Before entering politics, Scott was president of the Queensland Merino Stud Sheep Breeders Association, president of the Maranoa Graziers' Association and president of the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders. He was a Nuffield Farming Scholar in 1983.[3]

Scott was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry 1992–96. He was Minister for Veterans' Affairs from 1996 to 1998, and Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence from 1998 to 2001.[4]

Following the resignation of Harry Jenkins as Speaker of the House on 24 November 2011, Scott was nominated for the position of Deputy Speaker of the House by Liberal MP Christopher Pyne. Scott accepted the nomination and a ballot took place, installing Anna Burke as the Deputy Speaker of the House. Following the resignation of Peter Slipper as Speaker on 9 October 2012, Burke was elected as his replacement. Scott was nominated by Pyne as Deputy; with his nomination seconded by Tony Windsor. Scott defeated Steve Georganas in a ballot.[5]


  1. ^ "The Hon Bruce Scott MP". Parliament of Australia. 
  2. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  3. ^ "The Hon Bruce Scott MP". ABC. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  4. ^ "Bruce Scott MP". Open Australia. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Bruce Scott elected Deputy Speaker". The Age (Australia). AAP. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anna Burke
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives
Preceded by
Con Sciacca
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Succeeded by
Danna Vale
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Ian Cameron
Member for Maranoa