Deputy and Assistant Speakers
At meetings of the House of Representatives (sittings of the House), the Speaker is generally in the Chair at the opening of the sitting and during Question Time. The remaining time in the Chair is shared with the Deputy Speaker and the Assistant Speakers.
The Deputy Speaker and the Assistant Speakers do participate in debates in the House, though less frequently than other members. It is a matter for their judgment as to which debates to take part in. It is the practice for a presiding officer not to speak in a debate over which that officer has been officiating.
Clerk of the House
The Clerk advises the Speaker and members on the rules, practices and customs of the House. When the House sits, the Clerk is seated immediately in front of the Speaker, noting the proceedings, calling the business items and the votes, and advising the Speaker and members as required.
Office of the Speaker
The Speaker is assisted by the staff of the Office of the Speaker:
|Lisa Kinloch||Senior Private Secretary|
|Roland Todd||Speaker's Assistant|
|Oliver Whitehead||Executive Assistant|
The contact number for the Office is +64 4 817 9321.