|Member of the Australian Parliament
10 November 2001
|Preceded by||Andrew Theophanous|
4 January 1959 |
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Spouse(s)||Michalis S. Michael|
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
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. She is a member of its Socialist Left faction.
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.
She is married to Dr Michalis S. Michael, and has two children.
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|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Calwell