Adem Somyurek

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The Honourable
Adem Somyürek
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
Assumed office
30 November 2002
Personal details
Born (1967-09-25) 25 September 1967 (age 49)
Izmir, Turkey
Political party Australian Labor Party

Adem Somyürek (born 25 September 1967 in Izmir, Turkey) is a Turkish Australian politician and Australian Labor Party member of the Victorian Legislative Council.[1] He was the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade in the Andrews Ministry from December 2014 to July 2015.

Political career[edit]

Somyürek first entered parliament after winning the Legislative Council province of Eumemmerring at the 2002 election.[2] After the reforms that introduced proportional representation into the Legislative Council, Somyürek won a safe spot on the Labor ticket for the South Eastern Metropolitan Region and was easily re-elected at the 2006 election.[2] Somyürek was elected in the 2010 and 2014 State elections.

In his first term (2002–2006) Somyürek served on the Outer Suburban and Interface Committee, and the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee. In his second term (2006–2010) Somyürek was elected the first chair of the newly constituted Electoral Matters Committee. In his third term (2010–present) Somyürek was promoted into the Shadow Ministry of the Daniel Andrews-led Labor opposition.[3]

Mr Somyürek stood down from his ministerial role in May 2015 following allegations of inappropriate behaviour, pending an investigation. The allegations were investigated by the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.[4] On 28 July 2015, after a report was handed down on the incident, Somyürek resigned as a minister.[5] He was succeeded by Philip Dalidakis in the Andrews Ministry.

Personal life[edit]

Somyürek holds a Master of Arts in Policy and Politics, a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Sociology and an Associate Diploma in Business Studies (Accounting).

He appeared in Dandenong Court for driving while disqualified in December 2009.[6]


  1. ^ "Parliament of Victoria Electoral Matters Committee" (PDF). 2 March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Adem Somyürek". Labor ALP People. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
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  4. ^ Tomazin, Farrah (23 May 2015). "Minister stood down over allegations of misconduct made by chief of staff". The Age. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Adem Somyürek resigns as Small Business Minister after bullying investigation
  6. ^ Aaron Langmaid (10 December 2009). "Premier John Brumby says no excuses for MP caught driving while disqualified". Herald Sun. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Louise Asher
as Minister for Innovation and Trade
Minister for Small Business,
Innovation and Trade

Succeeded by
Philip Dalidakis