Jenkins early in his political career
|26th Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives|
12 February 2008 – 24 November 2011
|Deputy||Anna Burke |
|Preceded by||David Hawker|
|Succeeded by||Peter Slipper|
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
8 February 1986 – 5 August 2013
|Preceded by||Harry Jenkins Sr.|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Giles|
Henry Alfred Jenkins
18 August 1952
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Relations||Harry Jenkins Sr. (father)|
|Alma mater||Australian National University (BSc)|
|Website||Australian Parliament webpage|
Jenkins was born in Melbourne. His father was Dr Harry Jenkins, who was Member for Scullin from 1969 to 1986 and Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1983 to 1986. Jenkins Jnr was educated at the Australian National University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1975, and was a public servant before entering politics. He succeeded his father in the seat of Scullin in 1986.
Jenkins was Deputy Speaker 1993–1996 and Second Deputy Speaker from 1996 to his election as Speaker in 2008. He was the Opposition candidate for Speaker after the 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2004 elections.
He was elected by Labor caucus on 29 November 2007 to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the 42nd Parliament. This was carried by a formal vote on 12 February 2008. He succeeded Liberal incumbent David Hawker. Although Speakers normally carry the courtesy title while in office 'the Honourable', Jenkins said his personal preference was that it not be used.
He is the first speaker whose parent also held the post.
On 31 May 2011, after a contentious debate on carbon pricing in which Jenkins declared a "general warning" for all members, Liberal MP Bob Baldwin interjected and was named by Jenkins. Baldwin was supported by the Coalition and by independent member Rob Oakeshott and West Australian National member Tony Crook. The resulting vote on suspending Baldwin for 24 hours failed 71–72. Convention would normally have required Jenkins to resign as Speaker, but the House of Representatives immediately thereafter approved a motion of confidence in the Speaker and he remained in the position.
He resigned as the Speaker of the House of Representatives on 24 November 2011, stating, "My desire is to be able to participate in policy and parliamentary debate, and this would be incompatible with continuing in the role of Speaker."
Jenkins retired from politics at the 2013 election.
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- Shannahan, Dennis; Packham, Ben (24 November 2011). "House Speaker Harry Jenkins resigns". The Australian. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Jenkins, Henry (Harry) Alfred". Parliament of Australia. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 28 May 2007.
- "Harry Jenkins Set For Speaker's Role". The Daily Telegraph. Australia. 22 September 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- Rae, Marian (24 September 2011). "Australia's Gillard Nominates Speaker Amid Risk of Parliamentary Deadlock". Bloomberg. New York City. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Harry Jenkins elected Speaker". The Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- Shannahan, Dennis (1 June 2011). "Oakeshott nearly brings down the house". The Australian. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
- "Commonwealth of Australia – House of Representatives" (PDF). Hansard. 31 May 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 June 2011.
- Siegel, Matt (24 November 2011). "Labor Party Fortifies Edge in Australia". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Harry Jenkins MP official site
- Profile at the Parliament of Australia, and as Speaker
- Appearances in Parliament at Open Australia
|Parliament of Australia|
| Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives
Harry Jenkins Sr.
| Member for Scullin