Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly

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Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Coat of Arms of Victoria.svg
Incumbent
Colin Brooks

since 7 March 2017
Style The Honourable
Appointer Elected by the Victorian Legislative Assembly
Inaugural holder Sir Francis Murphy
Formation 21 November 1856
Deputy Maree Edwards
Website www.parliament.vic.gov.au/assembly/speaker

The Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly is the presiding officer of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, the lower house of the Parliament of Victoria. The presiding officer of the upper house of the Parliament of Victoria, the Victorian Legislative Council, is the President of the Victorian Legislative Council.

A Speaker is elected at the beginning of each new parliamentary term by the Legislative Assembly from one of its members. The Assembly may re-elect an incumbent Speaker by passing a motion; otherwise, a secret ballot is held. The House can dismiss the Speaker by a majority vote, and the Speaker can resign.

In practice, the Speaker is usually a member of the governing party or parties, who have the majority in the House, and continues to be a member of his or her political party, but it is left to their individual discretion as to whether or not they attend party meetings. The Speaker also continues to carry out his or her ordinary electorate duties as a member of Parliament and must take part in an election campaign to be re-elected as a member of Parliament.[1]

A Deputy Speaker, also elected by the Assembly, supports and assists the Speaker in the execution of his or her duties, and acts Speaker in their absence or during a vacancy in the position.

Speakers of the Victorian Legislative Assembly[edit]

Name Party Term start Term end
Sir Francis Murphy   none 21 November 1856 24 January 1871
Sir Charles MacMahon   none 25 April 1871 April 1877
Sir Charles Gavan Duffy   none 22 May 1877 9 February 1880
Sir Charles MacMahon   none 11 May 1880 29 June 1880
Peter Lalor   none 22 July 1880 29 September 1887
Sir Matthew Henry Davies   none 4 October 1887 April 1892
Sir Thomas Bent   none 11 May 1892 September 1894
Sir Graham Berry   none 4 October 1894 September 1897
Francis Mason   none 25 October 1897 September 1902
Duncan Gillies   Liberal 14 October 1902 12 September 1903
William Beazley   Labor 16 September 1903 10 May 1904
Sir Frank Madden   Liberal 29 June 1904 October 1917
Sir John Mackey   Nationalist 29 November 1917 6 April 1924
Sir John Bowser   Nationalist 30 April 1924 5 March 1927
Oswald Snowball   Nationalist 6 July 1927 16 March 1928
Sir Alexander Peacock   Nationalist 4 July 1928 7 October 1933
  United Australia
Maurice Blackburn   Labor 11 October 1933 1 August 1934
William Everard   United Australia 2 August 1934 6 September 1937
Tom Tunnecliffe   Labor 19 October 1937 15 February 1940
William Slater   Labor 1 May 1940 20 October 1942
Sir George Knox   United Australia 21 October 1942 9 October 1947
  Liberal
Sir Thomas Maltby   Liberal 2 December 1947 13 April 1950
Sir Archie Michaelis   Liberal 20 June 1950 31 October 1952
Keith Sutton   Labor 17 December 1952 22 April 1955
Sir William McDonald   Liberal 15 June 1955 19 March 1967
Sir Vernon Christie   Liberal 16 May 1967 18 June 1973
Sir Kenneth Wheeler   Liberal 19 June 1973 28 May 1979
Jim Plowman   Liberal 29 May 1979 26 April 1982
Tom Edmunds   Labor 27 April 1982 24 October 1988
Dr Ken Coghill   Labor 25 October 1988 26 October 1992
John Delzoppo   Liberal 27 October 1992 13 May 1996
Jim Plowman   Liberal 14 May 1996 2 November 1999
Alex Andrianopoulos   Labor 3 November 1999 24 February 2003
Judy Maddigan   Labor 25 February 2003 18 December 2006
Jenny Lindell   Labor 19 December 2006 20 December 2010
Ken Smith   Liberal 21 December 2010 4 February 2014
Christine Fyffe   Liberal 4 February 2014 22 December 2014
Telmo Languiller   Labor 23 December 2014 25 February 2017
Colin Brooks   Labor 7 March 2017

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