Michelle Landry steps into role of Speaker in Parliament
CAPRICORNIA MP Michelle Landry has had the chance to control political discussion at a national level, stepping up for her first shift as Deputy Speaker in Canberra on Tuesday.
Ms Landry was appointed to the House of Representatives Deputy Speaker's roster in February and has been chairing the Federation Chamber since.
While honoured to fill her first shift, Ms Landry said there were challenging aspects as well.
"It was very exciting and it's an honour, but it was a little bit intimidating," she said.
"I've been in that Federation Chamber for about six months, but it was a totally different kettle of fish being in the main chamber."
Ms Landry said it was difficult to be in control of the discussion while trying to remember the names and seats of 150 members of the House of Representatives.
She said taking sessions which were quieter would help her build confidence and knowledge of the standing orders.
Mastering that book of standing orders was also a difficult task.
"Every situation that comes up is different so you've got to be really alert to what is going on," she said.
"I really enjoyed doing it. The good thing about it is that it really helps you understand the parliamentary process.
"It really is an honour to be in there. I'm very proud I've been asked to be on the speaker's panel and had the opportunity of being deputy speaker."
Ms Landry said she had a lot of respect for the work of current Speaker Tony Smith.