Maria Vamvakinou

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Maria Vamvakinou
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Calwell
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Andrew Theophanous
Personal details
Born (1959-01-04) 4 January 1959 (age 55)
Lefkada, Greece
Nationality Greek Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Michalis S. Michael
Alma mater University of Melbourne
Occupation Teacher

Maria Vamvakinou (Greek: Μαρία Βαμβακίδου) (born 4 January 1959 in Lefkada, Greece), is a Greek-Australian politician. She has been member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2001, representing the Division of Calwell, Victoria for the Australian Labor Party.[1] She is a member of its Socialist Left faction.[2]

A high school teacher before entering politics, Vamvakinou is the first Greek-born woman to be elected to parliament in Australia, having emigrated to Australia with her parents when she was four years old. She obtained a BA in Modern Greek and Political Science at the University of Melbourne.[3]

Vamvakinou was an advisor and electorate officer to several Labor politicians including Joan Kirner and Kim Carr, and a member of Northcote City Council 1990–92.[1]

She is married to Dr Michalis S. Michael, and has two children.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Biography for VAMVAKINOU, Maria". ParlInfo. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Birnbauer, William (27 February 2005). "MP leaked donor details: ex-mayor". The Age. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Maria Vamvakinou Profile". Maria Vamvakinou Federal Member for Calwell. 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Andrew Theophanous
Member for Calwell