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The Hon. Alexander Somlyay

Bachelor of Economics ANU 1975

Career highlights

  • Elected to the House of Representatives for Fairfax, Queensland: 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010
  • Parliamentary Representative on the Advisory Council on Australian Archives 1996-present
  • Trustee, Parliamentary Retiring Allowances Trust from 2008 - present
  • Chief Opposition Whip 2008-2010
  • Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government 1997-1998
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the leader of the Opposition 1993-1994
  • Secretary to Shadow Cabinet 1992-1993
  • Senior Private Secretary to the Hon AE Adermann MP (Minister for Veteran's Affairs) 1976-1980
  • Chair of numerous House of Representatives Standing Committees

Career philosophy

"In politics, people do not demand to get their own way, but they do demand the right to get a fair hearing."

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