Everyone's retweeting Tony Abbott's comment from 4 years ago when the Speaker resigned

Former speaker Bronwyn Bishop. Photo: Stefan Postles/Getty Images.

When the Labor-appointed parliamentary speaker Harry Jenkins resigned in November 2011, giving the knife-edged Gillard government an extra vote, but leading to Peter Slipper taking on the speaker’s role following his defection from the Liberal Party, the then opposition leader Tony Abbott had this to say about the issue:

Now that Bronwyn Bishop has resigned after three weeks of pain for the Abbott government, it seems even more poignant.

NOW WATCH: Briefing videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.