Telmo Languiller

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Telmo Languiller
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Derrimut
Assumed office
18 September 1999
Preceded by Ian Baker
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Derrimut
Assumed office
30 November 2002
Preceded by seat recreated
Personal details
Born (1957-07-31) 31 July 1957 (age 57)
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political party Australian Labor Party

Telmo Ramon Languiller-Tornesi (born 31 July 1957) is an Australian politician. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly since 1999, representing first Sunshine (1999–2002) and then Derrimut.

Mr Languiller was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but soon migrated to Australia. He attended high school at Flemington in Victoria, and received a Bachelor of Arts majoring in sociology and politics from Footscray Institute of Technology. He had previously worked as a labourer, a Spanish interpreter, and a trade unionist. From 1993 to 1996 he was Electorate Officer for former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Brian Howe MP Brian Howe, and became Chief of Staff for Andrew Theophanous in 1996.[1]

In 1999, he was selected as the Labor candidate for the safe seat of Sunshine, succeeding the retiring Ian Baker, and was duly elected. His seat was abolished in 2002 and replaced with Derrimut, which Mr Languiller won and has represented since. In 2002 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Community Services, and he has been an Acting Speaker since 2004. In 2006 he moved to the Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs position, and then to Human Services in 2007.[1]

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2013 CV for Telmo Ramon Languiller-Tornesi

Personal:Born 1957, Montevideo, Uruguay. 4 children.

Party:Australian Labor Party State of Victoria Parliament House:Legislative Assembly Position:Road Safety Committee - Deputy Chair Legislative Assembly Acting Speaker Electorate: Derrimut Length of Service:Elected to the Legislative Assembly in September 1999. First Member of Parliament in Australia and the Commonwealth to have been born in a Spanish speaking country.

History:Telmo was an active member of the student and union movement in Uruguay in the early 70’s. Following the Military Coup in 1973 he was exiled in Argentina and during Whitlam government's settled in Australia. Telmo became an active member of the Australian Trade Union Movement until elected to Parliament in 1999. Telmo is a current member of the Australian Workers Union (AWU). Education and Qualifications:Primary School Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Montevideo, Uruguay High School Jose Pedro Varela, Montevideo, Uruguay Flemington High School. University High School. Victoria University (Formerly Footscray Institute of Technology) - Graduated in Australian Cultural Studies, BA (sociology and politics majors); Physical Education.

Previous Occupation: Labourer in tobacco, meat and metal industries 1974-78 Orderly and Spanish interpreter/translator 1979-1980 Trade Union Migrant Workers' Centre 1980-85 Occupational rehabilitation policy officer, Health Services Union 1985-92 Assistant to Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Brian Howe MHR, 1993–96

Party Positions: Member of the ALP. ALP State and National Conference delegate Parliamentary Service:Elected MLA for Sunshine September 1999 Electorate abolished in 2002 re-division. Elected MLA for Derrimut November 2002 Re-elected MLA for Derrimut November 2010 Acting Speaker of the Legislative Assembly 2002 - 2014

Ministerial Appointments: Parliamentary Secretary, Community Services – 2002 - 2006 Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier on Multicultural Affairs - 2006 - 2007 Special Advisor to the Premier of Victoria on Spain and Latin America Business Relations – 2006 - 2007 Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Human Services – 2007 - 2010

Chairmanships: Review of Victorian Disability Legislation Reference Group 2002 – 2006 Disability Services Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Reference Group 2002 – 2006 Chair of the Community Sector Investment Fund Advisory Group 2002 – 2006 Chair of Future For Young Adults Reference Group 2002 – 2006 Chair of Disability Industry Development Plan 2002 – 2006 Chair of Victorian Multicultural Business Council 2006 – 2010 Chair of Victorian Multicultural Advisory Council 2006 – 2010

Committee Service: Joint Parliamentary Law Reform Committee 1999 – 2002 Parliamentary Library Committee 1999 – 2002 Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee 2006 – 2010 Road Safety Committee - Deputy Chair - 2011 - 2014

Memberships: International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and Delegate to the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing Parliamentary Friendship Group Victoria-China, Parliamentary Friendship Co-Chair of Victoria-Sri Lanka Parliamentary Friendship Group Amnesty International

Awards: King Juan Carlos of Spain Order- Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica 2006 El Salvador Government Bicentenary Award - Special Friend of El Salvador 2011

Interests: Australia - Latin America, Caribbean, Spain relations. Human rights, community radio, languages (Spanish and Italian), music, open sea swimming, soccer, travel.

Languages: English, Spanish and Italian.



  1. ^ a b Parliament of Victoria (2008). "Languiller, Telmo". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 8 April 2009. 
Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
Ian Baker
Member for Sunshine
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Seat recreated
Member for Derrimut
Succeeded by