Experts respond to Jenkins' resignation as Speaker

Renegade Coalition MP Peter Slipper feigns reluctance as he is ceremoniously dragged to the Speaker’s chair. AAP/Alan Porritt.

Today’s resignation of Labor MP Harry Jenkins as Speaker of the House of Representatives throws an end-of-year bombshell into Australian federal politics. The new Speaker is Queensland MP Peter Slipper who broke ties with the Liberal National Party today when he accepted the nomination to replace Jenkins.

Expert responses below.

Treachery in the ranks: Tony Abbott leaves a press conference today after hearing of Jenkins' resignation - a move that would cost the Coalition a vote on the floor as Peter Slipper defied his party to take the position of Speaker. AAP/Alan Porritt