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:
The Speaker's resignation reflects a government that is in chaos. The Govt has lost its way, lost its majority and now lost its speaker.
— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) November 24, 2011
Now that Bronwyn Bishop has resigned after three weeks of pain for the Abbott government, it seems even more poignant.
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