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Preceded by  Evan Adermann
Spouse(s)  Jenny
Prime Minister  John Howard
Name  Alex Somlyay
Preceded by  Warwick Smith
Succeeded by  Clive Palmer
Nationality  Australian

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Born  18 January 1946 (age 69) Budapest, Hungary (1946-01-18)
Political party  Liberal Party of Australia
Role  Member of the Australian House of Representatives
Education  Australian National University
Party  Liberal Party of Australia
Office  Member of the Australian Parliament since 1990

Alexander Michael Somlyay (born 18 January 1946), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to August 2013, representing the Division of Fairfax, Queensland.

Born in Budapest, he came to Australia as a child. He was educated at the Australian National University. Before entering politics he was a public servant, consultant economist and company director.

Somlyay was a member of the informal conservative faction the Lyons Forum when it was active in the 1990s. On 25 September 2010, Somlyay announced his current term in parliament would be his last.

Expenses investigation

An investigation by a Fairfax Media reporter published in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 2014 alleged that Somlyay had used his parliamentary office to pay his wife almost seventy thousand dollars for the year 2012-13 "for non-existent work in his electorate office." The report also alleged that Somlyay had obscured his wife's identity in his list of employed staff. Somlyay defended the payments from his taxpayer-funded budget to his wife, claiming that he had done nothing wrong. On February of the same year, the Herald again reported that the Australian Federal Police had found nothing that "would constitute a criminal offence" related to the employment of his wife and closed the investigation.

References

Alex Somlyay Wikipedia


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