Telmo Languiller

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The Honourable
Telmo Languiller
MP
36th Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
In office
23 December 2014 – 25 February 2017
Deputy Don Nardella
Preceded by Christine Fyffe
Succeeded by Colin Brooks
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Tarneit
Assumed office
29 November 2014
Preceded by Tim Pallas
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Sunshine
In office
18 September 1999 – 30 November 2002
Preceded by Ian Baker
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Derrimut
In office
30 November 2002 – 29 November 2014
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born (1957-07-31) 31 July 1957 (age 59)
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 the electorates of Sunshine (1999–2002), Derrimut (2002–2014) and Tarneit (2014–present). From December 2014, he was Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, but resigned in February 2017 in the wake of an expenses scandal.

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 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 Ian Baker whom he had beaten in the preselection, and was duly elected. His seat was abolished in 2002 and replaced with Derrimut, which Languiller won. 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]

Following the election of the Daniel Andrews Labor government at the 2014 state election, Languiller was elected Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

In February 2017, The Age newspaper reported that Languiller had claimed $37,678 in second residence allowances to live in Queenscliff, a considerable distance from his western suburbs electorate of Tarneit. Languiller acknowledged that claiming the allowance had not met "community standards", and offered to repay the money. On 25 February, he resigned as speaker.[2]

References[edit]

  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. 
  2. ^ Tomazin, Farrah (25 February 2017). "Speaker Telmo Languiller resigns over expense scandal". The Age. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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Parliament of Victoria
Preceded by
Ian Baker
Member for Sunshine
1999–2002
Abolished
New seat Member for Derrimut
2002–2014
Abolished
Preceded by
Tim Pallas
Member for Tarneit
2014–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Christine Fyffe
Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
2014–2017
Succeeded by
Colin Brooks