Michael Polley

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This article is about the Tasmanian politician. For the Australian rules football player, see Michael Polley (footballer).
The Honourable
Michael Polley
MP
Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
In office
28 June 1989 – 13 April 1992
Preceded by Tony Rundle
Succeeded by Graeme Page
In office
6 October 1998 – 15 March 2014
Preceded by Frank Madill
Succeeded by Elise Archer
Member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
for Wilmot/Lyons
In office
22 April 1972 – 15 March 2014
Personal details
Born Michael Robert Polley
(1949-11-04) 4 November 1949 (age 65)
Westbury, Tasmania, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Kim Polley (née Chisholm)
Relations Helen Polley (sister)

Michael Robert Polley (born 4 November 1949 in Westbury, Tasmania) is an Australian Labor Party politician and member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly in the Division of Lyons. First elected in 1972 at age 22 he is currently the longest-serving member of the Tasmanian parliament, having been re-elected at ten successive State elections. He is married with two sons and one daughter.

He was the youngest Cabinet Minister in Tasmanian history, appointed at the age of 27 in the government of premier Doug Lowe. His wife Kim Polley is Mayor of Northern Midlands Council, on which his son Tim also serves. His sister Helen Polley is a member of the Australian Senate.

In 1989 during the Field government he was made the speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. He became speaker again in 1998 when Labor won government. He was minister for national parks 1976–1981.

In the Tasmanian state election 2006, Polley received the highest primary vote in Lyons.

Polley announced in June 2013 that he would retire at the 2014 Tasmanian state election.

In September 2014 Polley announced he would stand as councillor for the Northern Midlands Council in the 2014 Tasmanian Local Government Elections.

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Parliament of Tasmania
Preceded by
Tony Rundle
Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
1989–1992
Succeeded by
Graeme Page
Preceded by
Frank Madill
Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly
1998–2014
Succeeded by
Elise Archer