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Bruce Scott all but ruled out for Speaker role

Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott is set to retire from politics next year.
Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott is set to retire from politics next year. Contributed

NATIONAL Party leader Warren Truss has ruled out nominating a party member for the vacant parliamentary speaker position following Bronwyn Bishop's resignation.

It all but rules out Maranoa MP Bruce Scott being elevated to the plum role ahead of his retirement from politics.

Mr Scott, who was touted as a possible candidate, received support this week from Opposition Leader Bill Shorten who said he would be a good choice because he was sufficiently unpartisan and un-rancorous.

Mr Truss, speaking on Thursday in Rockhampton, said the Liberal Party traditionally filled the speaker position when in government.

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He said the Coalition would meet next week where a ballot would be held to determine who will fill the role.

"The Liberal Party will choose their nominee and normally they would expect we would be supportive of that," he said.

"We might have our option, but we will respect the nominee the Liberal Party puts forward."

Mr Truss also confirmed he would seek re-election in his seat of Wide Bay at the upcoming federal election despite a health scare last year.

Mr Truss has held the seat that covers Gympie, Fraser Coast and Noosa Heads since 1990.

Nominations for the seat of Wide Bay close on August 14.

- APN NEWSDESK.

Topics:  bronwyn bishop bruce scott national party politics warren truss



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