History Resources - Members of Parliament

Michael Robert Polley

 Michael Robert Polley


Given Names: Michael Robert

Title and Honours: Mr, Hon (12 May 1992)


Date and Place of Birth: 4 November 1949 - Westbury, Tasmania.

Date of Death:




House of Assembly: 22 April 1972


Party: ALP

Positions Held:Minister 1976-80; Speaker 1989-92; 1998 - 2014

Date of Departure: 14 March 2014

Reason for Departure: Retired.

Inaugural Speech - (8 June 1972)


Son-in-law of ALP MHA Geoff Chisholm. Youngest Minister ever appointed (27).

While serving as Speaker of the House, his sister Helen Polley was elected Senator, wife Kim Polley was elected Northern Midlands Council Mayor, and son Tim was elected to the Northern Midlands Council.

Granted the right to use the title 'Honourable' for life on 12 May 1992.

House of Assembly Long Room Picture: 596

House of Assembly Long Room Picture Number indicates each Member's position in the photographic record.

Source: Parliament of Tasmania Members Biographical Database, Tasmanian Parliamentary Library.

Additional Reference Material:

A Handbook of Australian Government and Politics, 1890-1964 [by] Colin A. Hughes and B. D. Graham. Canberra, ANU Press, 1968. Biographical Register of the Tasmanian Parliament, 1851-1960 / Scott Bennett and Barbara Bennett. Canberra : ANU, 1980.