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Chris Bombolas (born 12 May 1960[1]) (often known as Bomber[2]) is a former Australian politician and television presenter. A former sports reporter for the Nine Network in Brisbane,[2] he served as the Labor member for Chatsworth in the Queensland Legislative Assembly from 2006 to 2009.[1]

Bombolas was born in Newcastle, New South Wales.[1] Whilst working for the Qld Police Dept he graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business degree in Communications.[1] He became a radio host and worked for 4BC, 4BK and Triple M,[1] before joining the Channel Nine as a sports presenter.[3]

In July 2006, Bombolas announced his intention to run for the Australian Labor Party in the seat of Chatsworth in the 2006 election.[4] Bombolas won the seat against the incumbent member Michael Caltabiano of the Liberal Party.[5]

On 9 July 2007, Bombolas became Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Sport and Local Government, Andrew Fraser.[6] Citing poor health, Bombalas announced on 19 February 2009 that he would not contest the 2009 state election.[7] The Courier-Mail reported that there had been "internal grumblings" within the government of Anna Bligh about Bombolas' work ethic.[7]

In June 2009, Bombolas became the Chairman of the A-league football club Brisbane Roar.[8] On becoming Chairman, Bombolas was reported to have stated that "I know a lot of members of Government, I know many bureaucrats and I'll be leaning on some of those to try to work out some deals for the club." The Queensland opposition claimed that this comment breached the Queensland Government's Ministerial Code of Conduct which prevents former parliamentary secretaries from lobbying the Government for 18 months on any issue dealt with as a parliamentary secretary (as a parliamentary secretary, Bombolas was responsible for sport).[9]

^ a b c d e "Bombolas, Chris". Queensland Parliament House. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ a b "Deserting Anna! And 'Bomber' makes nine". Brisbane Times. 20 February 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ "Chatsworth (*) (Key Seat)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ "Bombolas to seek Chatsworth ALP preselection". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ "Beattie wins historic fourth term". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 September 2006. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ Mooreq, Tony (9 July 2007). "Roberts replaces Purcell in Ministry". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ a b Wardill, Steven (19 February 2009). "Chris Bombolas resigns after one term as state Labor MP". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ Monteverde, Marco (22 June 2009). "Roar chairman Chris Bombolas urges critics to give him a chance". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2010.
^ "Bombolas comments in breach of code: Opposition". Brisbane Times. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 23 January 2010.

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