Alex Somlyay

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The Honourable
Alex Somlyay
Alex Somlyay.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Fairfax
In office
24 March 1990 – 5 August 2013
Preceded by Evan Adermann
Succeeded by Clive Palmer
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
In office
Prime Minister John Howard
Preceded by Warwick Smith
Succeeded by Ian Macdonald
Personal details
Born (1946-01-18) 18 January 1946 (age 68)
Budapest, Hungary
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Jenny
Children 3
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.[1]

Somlyay's only ministerial appointment was as Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government for four months prior to the 1998 Federal Election.[1]

On 25 September 2010, Somlyay announced his current term in parliament would be his last.[2]

Somlyay was a member of the informal conservative faction the Lyons Forum when it was active in the 1990s.[3]


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."[4] 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."[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Warwick Smith
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government
Succeeded by
Ian Macdonald
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Evan Adermann
Member for Fairfax
Succeeded by
Clive Palmer