through and through,” Mr Sukkar said.
Mr Smith was demoted by Mr Abbott in 2013.
“In the course of your 15year parliamentary career you have met with some disappointments,” Mr Abbott said.
“It’s precisely because you have met with triumph and disaster and treated both those impostors the same that you so strongly commanded a majority inside the Liberal partyroom and why you have been elected unopposed here in this chamber,” he said.
But he also praised former speaker Bronwyn Bishop – to whom he remained strongly loyal even through the scandal over her expenses that caused her downfall.
“She has been a warrior for the causes she has believed in,” Mr Abbott said.
“Despite some admitted errors of judgment, she has served this Parliament, our country, her party, with dedication and distinction for over 30 years.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten welcomed the change from Ms Bishop.
“Serving as the Speaker is a privilege not a prize, a responsibility, not a reward,” Mr Shorten said.
“We welcome the Speaker’s commitment not to attend party room meetings.”