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Order, Order, Lake Mac MP Greg Piper new Lower House speaker

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Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper is set to begin a new role as Independent Speaker of the Lower House next month. 

The popular politician met with the NSW Premier Chris Minns on Monday after the dust of the state election was beginning to settle. 

Mr Piper received almost 25,000 votes within his electorate, storming home with 58.79% of the 43,371 votes – a convincing win. 

His efforts were praised by the newly-appointed Leader of the Government and the Legislative Assembly Ron Hoenig. 

“As Assistant Speaker Mr Piper has shown that he would serve this role capably and with the utmost integrity,” he said. 

“We believe it is in the best interests of the people of NSW to have both an experienced and independent speaker presiding over the legislative assembly. 

“The government is committed to working with crossbenchers and independents in good faith to deliver for the people of NSW.” 

Greg Piper MP proved a popular choice at the NSW State Election – March 2023

Mr Piper said his new role would not deter from his commitment to Lake Macquarie. 

 “I’m honoured to have the support of new Labor Premier Chris Minns for the role of Speaker in the 58th Legislative Assembly,” he explained. 

“As the Premier has said throughout his recent campaign, this is an opportunity for a fresh start in NSW. I agree wholeheartedly. 

“Notwithstanding that ours is an adversarial parliamentary system, there is room for considerable improvement in the Chamber and I look forward to working with all members to raise the regard for proceedings in the eyes of the public. 

“That said, the Lake Macquarie electorate will remain my priority and I will work hard to justify the enormous vote of confidence the people have placed in me with my recent re-election.  

“I thank Premier Minns for his endorsement, and I thank my colleagues on the crossbench for their ongoing support.” 

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