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SOMLYAY, the Hon. Alexander MichaelBiography for SOMLYAY, the Hon. Alexander Michael

Member for Fairfax (Qld) 1990-2013

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Fairfax, Queensland, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Retired prior to general elections 2013.

Parliamentary Appointments

Parliamentary Representative on the Advisory Council on Australian Archives from 24.6.96 to 24.2.11.

Trustee, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 13.2.08 to 5.8.13.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 16.11.04 to 17.10.07.

Ministerial Appointments

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government from 9.10.97 to 21.10.98.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Banking, Finance and Public Administration from 12.5.93 to 29.1.96; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.5.93 to 10.5.94 and from 6.11.03 to 31.8.04; Privileges from 24.2.94 to 22.10.97 and from 8.12.98 (Chair from 9.12.98 to 31.8.04) to 17.10.07; Privileges and Members' Interests from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10; House from 29.5.96 to 22.10.97 and from 8.12.98 to 19.7.10; Members' Interests from 29.5.96 to 23.10.97 (Chair from 15.10.96 to 13.2.97) and from 8.12.98 (Chair from 9.12.98) to 8.10.01; Procedure from 29.9.97 to 23.10.97 and from 11.3.08 to 19.7.10; Economics, Finance and Public Administration from 8.12.98 to 17.10.07; Industry and Resources from 20.3.02 to 25.6.02; Health and Ageing from 1.12.04 (Chair from 2.12.04) to 17.10.07; Petitions from 30.11.09 to 10.2.10.

House of Representatives Select: Print Media from 22.8.91 to 25.3.92.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts from 16.5.90 (Chair from 30.5.96) to 22.10.97; Public Accounts and Audit from 8.12.98 to 16.8.05 and from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 18.6.96 to 18.11.97; National Crime Authority from 8.12.98 to 5.10.00.

Joint Standing: Electoral Matters from 8.12.98 to 29.3.01 and from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; National Capital and External Territories from 8.12.98 to 11.2.02; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 24.5.01 to 31.8.04.

Conferences, Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Canada and USA, May-June 1992.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the European Institutions, Strasbourg, Belgium and Luxembourg, September-October 1993.

Joint Public Accounts Committee visit to New Zealand, November 1994.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 93rd IPU Conference, Madrid, and bilateral visits to Egypt and Israel, March-April 1995; 95th IPU Conference, Istanbul, April 1996.

Member, Official Delegation to the 4th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum Annual Meeting, Cha'am and bilateral visit to Cambodia, January 1996.

Attended CPA Regional Seminar, New Zealand and Sydney, September-October 1996.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to CPA Mid-year Executive Council, April 1997.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to France and Belgium, June-July 1997.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 101st IPU Conference, Brussels, Belgium and bilateral visit to Norway, April 1999; 102nd IPU Conference, Berlin, Germany and bilateral visit to Italy, October 1999; 103rd IPU Conference, Amman, Jordan and bilateral visit to Tanzania, April-May 2000; 104th IPU Conference, Jakarta, Indonesia, and bilateral visit to Vietnam, October 2000; 105th IPU Conference, Havana, Cuba, and bilateral visit to Mexico, March-April 2001.

Attended IPU Conference of the Asia-Pacific Group, Mongolia, August 1999.

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Hungary, October 2006.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Secretary to Shadow Cabinet from 23.5.92 to 7.4.93.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition from 7.4.93 to 26.5.94.

Chief Opposition Whip from 12.2.08.

Party Positions

Chair, Liberal Party Maroochydore Branch.

Delegate, Liberal Party State Convention (Qld) from 1990.

Federal Representative, Liberal Party State Policy and Development Committees (Qld).

Chair, Fairfax Federal Electoral Council.

Member, Liberal Party State Executive (Qld) 2002.

Member, Liberal Party State Council (Qld).


Born 18.1.1946, Budapest, Hungary.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BEc (ANU).

Public servant.

Consultant economist.

Company director.

Senior Private Secretary to the Hon. AE Adermann, MP.


Description: rural.

Location: coastal and inland region north of Brisbane; it includes the centres of Buderim, Coolum Beach, Eumundi, Kenilworth, Mapleton, Maroochydore, Nambour, Palmwoods, Peregian Springs, Woombye and Yandina.

Area: 1036 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 89 743 (at 21.8.10).

Industries: avocados, ginger, fruit juice, tropical fruits, dairy and beef cattle, tourism, construction, small business and infrastructure industries.

State electorates: Fairfax includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Buderim, and parts of Glass House, Maroochydore, Nicklin and Noosa.