Premier Minns backs Piper as new parliamentary Speaker

4th April 2023

I’ve just left a meeting with the new Premier Chris Minns and wanted you to know first that he has offered his support to me taking the role of Speaker in the 58th NSW Parliament.

I will be accepting the endorsement with great honour.

While I aim to provide stability for the Government and the broader Parliament, and bring integrity to the chamber, Lake Macquarie will remain my priority. Premier Minns is aware of that and it is clear that we will move forward in a fresh spirit of co-operation, respect and integrity throughout the Parliament over the coming term.

Here’s my statement issued to media ahead of a joint announcement with Premier Minns:

"I’m honoured to have the support of new Labor Premier Chris Minns for the role of Speaker in the 58th Legislative Assembly.

"As the Premier has said throughout his recent campaign, this is an opportunity for a fresh start in NSW. I agree wholeheartedly.

"Notwithstanding that ours is an adversarial parliamentary system, there is room for considerable improvement in the Chamber and I look forward to working with all members to raise the regard for proceedings in the eyes of the public.

"That said, the Lake Macquarie electorate will remain my priority and I will work hard to justify the enormous vote of confidence the people have placed in me with my recent re-election. 

"I thank Premier Minns for his endorsement, and I thank my colleagues on the crossbench for their ongoing support."

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