The Hon Alexander Somlyay MP

Former Member

Party
Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
House of Representatives

Biography

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).
Personal
  • Born 18.1.1946, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Married.
Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament
  • BEc (ANU).
  • Public servant.
  • Consultant economist.
  • Company director.
  • Senior Private Secretary to the Hon. AE Adermann, MP.
Electorate
    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.