|Member of the Australian Parliament
24 March 1990 – 5 August 2013
|Preceded by||Evan Adermann|
|Succeeded by||Clive Palmer|
|Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government|
|Prime Minister||John Howard|
|Preceded by||Warwick Smith|
|Succeeded by||Ian Macdonald|
18 January 1946 |
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||Australian National University|
Alexander Michael Somlyay (born 18 January 1946), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to August 2013, representing the Division of Fairfax, Queensland.
Born in Budapest, he came to Australia as a child. He was educated at the Australian National University. Before entering politics he was a public servant, consultant economist and company director.
Somlyay's only ministerial appointment was as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government for four months prior to the 1998 Federal Election.
On 25 September 2010, Somlyay announced his current term in parliament would be his last.
Somlyay allegedly used his parliamentary office to allow his wife to defraud taxpayers. An investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald, published in January 2014, showed his wife was paid $69,157.15 for the year 2012-13 "for non-existent work in his electorate office." The Herald made a further discovery that, Mr Somlyay obscured his wife's identity in his list of employed staff. On one document, the former MP's wife was listed as Jennifer Bridget Somlyay but lower on the same page, a woman named Jennifer Donovan is listed; Donovan is his wife's maiden name. The listed "Ms Donovan, received at least $99,000 for "electorate office" work dating as far back as 2003, further documents indicate."
- "Biography for Somlyay, the Hon. Alexander Michael". ParlInfo Web. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
- "Lib speaks for himself,defies gag by Abbott". The Canberra Times. 25 September 2010.
- "The Lyons Forum". Electronic Frontiers Australia. 1997. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
|Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Fairfax