Speaker Tony Smith resigns from role early

Speaker Tony Smith will spend his final months in politics as a government backbench MP.
Speaker Tony Smith will spend his final months in politics as a government backbench MP.

Speaker of the House of Representatives Tony Smith will step down from the role next month.

Mr Smith previously announced he would resign from parliament at the next election, but on Thursday said he would quit as Speaker on November 22.

He will spend his final months in politics as a government backbench MP.

A new Speaker will be elected on November 23.

Australian Associated Press