MP Lyn Breuer says she will be firm but fair in her new role as South Australia’s parliamentary speaker.
The 59-year-old Whyalla MP has been nominated to become the first woman to fill the position full-time.
Molly Byrne was acting speaker in 1972.
Ms Breuer believes she will get some respect as a woman in the chair and says parliamentary standards need to improve.
“Probably most behaviour occurs in question time where we can always expect some antics but I think we can still have some fun,” she said.
“We can still be very serious about what’s happening and we can keep some of that bad behaviour out.”
She says it something of a reflection on society that she is the first woman to hold the role in more than 150 years.
MP Chloe Fox has been chosen as deputy speaker.