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Liberal MP defects and gets Speaker's

position

November 2021 The Member for Kavel in the Adelaide Hills, Mr Dan Cregan quit the Liberal party earlier this month, saying he could achieve more for his electorate as an independent. Several days later, he became Speaker of the House of Assembly after the Labor Party and other crossbenchers changed the state's constitution to require the speaker to be independent of the major political parties. South Australia's government has been plunged into turmoil just months out from the next election, with the Speaker of parliament ousted during an extraordinary, day of events. Mr Cregan's defection has further loosened the Liberals' grip on power, with the party now firmly in minority government and occupying only 22 seats of a 47-seat Lower House. As ABC reports, "Labor sided with crossbench MPs — including two other former Liberals, Sam Duluk and Troy Bell — to support legislation to require the speaker to be independent of the major political parties, paving the way for Mr Cregan's ascendancy". Premier Steven Marshall led other Liberal MPs in a walk-out from the chamber as Mr Cregan — who is a first-term MP, and the member for the Adelaide Hills seat of Kavel — was taken to the chair. Mr Cregan, who quit the Liberal Party last week, saw off the Member for Flinders, Peter Treloar, in the secret ballot. After being led to the chair, Mr Cregan addressed the house, saying he was committed to "more scrutiny" at this "historic moment". "I will well and truly serve this parliament. It is my hope that I will bring honour to the proceedings here. "I take this role, as I say, without any criticism of the former speaker but simply because a call has been made by parliament tonight to send a speaker to preside, who is not serving the interests of the executive. "I have great respect for the government. I have great respect for the opposition. I hope that I will discharge my functions clearly, with great respect for all members present." Speaking on ABC Radio Adelaide after the events, Mr Marshall said Mr Cregan had "put his own self-interest before that of his electorate". "He's left the party, he's got a big pay bump, he's got a car, he's got a driver, he's got a huge amount of influence and it's hard to see how this benefits, in any way, shape or form, the people of Kavel," he said. Mr Cregan last week pledged to keep driving his Ford Falcon rather than accepting the chauffeur-driven car he is entitled to as Speaker. Mr Cregan also promised last week to hand over his extra pay as Speaker to local charitable causes.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

Liberal MP defects and gets Speaker's

position

November 2021 The Member for Kavel in the Adelaide Hills, Mr Dan Cregan quit the Liberal party earlier this month, saying he could achieve more for his electorate as an independent. Several days later, he became Speaker of the House of Assembly after the Labor Party and other crossbenchers changed the state's constitution to require the speaker to be independent of the major political parties. South Australia's government has been plunged into turmoil just months out from the next election, with the Speaker of parliament ousted during an extraordinary, day of events. Mr Cregan's defection has further loosened the Liberals' grip on power, with the party now firmly in minority government and occupying only 22 seats of a 47-seat Lower House. As ABC reports, "Labor sided with crossbench MPs — including two other former Liberals, Sam Duluk and Troy Bell — to support legislation to require the speaker to be independent of the major political parties, paving the way for Mr Cregan's ascendancy". Premier Steven Marshall led other Liberal MPs in a walk-out from the chamber as Mr Cregan — who is a first-term MP, and the member for the Adelaide Hills seat of Kavel — was taken to the chair. Mr Cregan, who quit the Liberal Party last week, saw off the Member for Flinders, Peter Treloar, in the secret ballot. After being led to the chair, Mr Cregan addressed the house, saying he was committed to "more scrutiny" at this "historic moment". "I will well and truly serve this parliament. It is my hope that I will bring honour to the proceedings here. "I take this role, as I say, without any criticism of the former speaker but simply because a call has been made by parliament tonight to send a speaker to preside, who is not serving the interests of the executive. "I have great respect for the government. I have great respect for the opposition. I hope that I will discharge my functions clearly, with great respect for all members present." Speaking on ABC Radio Adelaide after the events, Mr Marshall said Mr Cregan had "put his own self-interest before that of his electorate". "He's left the party, he's got a big pay bump, he's got a car, he's got a driver, he's got a huge amount of influence and it's hard to see how this benefits, in any way, shape or form, the people of Kavel," he said. Mr Cregan last week pledged to keep driving his Ford Falcon rather than accepting the chauffeur-driven car he is entitled to as Speaker. Mr Cregan also promised last week to hand over his extra pay as Speaker to local charitable causes.
Greek Tribune
Adelaide, South Australia