Christian Zahra

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Christian Zahra
Member of the Australian Parliament
for McMillan
In office
3 October 1998 – 9 October 2004
Preceded by Russell Broadbent
Succeeded by Russell Broadbent
Personal details
Born (1973-04-08) 8 April 1973 (age 44)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater La Trobe University
Occupation Strategy Consultant/Company Director

Christian John Zahra (born 8 April 1973), Australian politician, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from October 1998 to October 2004, representing the regional seat of McMillan, Victoria.

At the 2001 Federal Election, he was one of the few Australian Labor Party members to increase his share of the vote, gaining a 2PP swing to him of 1.9 per cent, after entering the election with a margin of less than 500 votes.[1] After the election, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Communications. At that time, he was the youngest Federal MP ever to reach the status of parliamentary secretary.[2] He also went on to serve as Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development.

In the 2004 election, following a redistribution that turned the electorate of McMillan from a marginal Labor to a marginal Liberal seat with a margin of 2.8 per cent,[3] Zahra was defeated by Russell Broadbent.

Zahra was born in Malta and migrated to Australia with his family when he was three years of age. He grew up and was educated in Traralgon, Victoria. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from La Trobe University and a Master of Assessment and Evaluation from the University of Melbourne. Before entering the Parliament, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Health Service in Morwell, Victoria.

Since 2004, Zahra has served as a Director of the Victorian Energy Networks Corporation, Chair of the Victorian Government's Sustainable Timber Industry Council and Chairman of the Australian Government's $1 billion Regional Development Australia Fund Advisory Panel. He has also served as a Director of two Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley, Waardi Limited and Nyimarr Limited. He is a Founding Director of the Regional Australia Institute.

From January 2015 to January 2017, Zahra was Chief Executive Officer of Wunan Foundation, a leading Aboriginal development organisation based in the East Kimberley. Before taking on this role he was a Director in the Strategy Group at KPMG Australia [1].

Zahra is currently Executive Director of the National Catholic Education Commission. He leads a team focused on providing strong advocacy on behalf of Catholic schools across Australia and liaising effectively with the Australian Government.

Zahra has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2011.


  1. ^ Wilson, P., The Australian Political Almanac, Hardie Grant Books 2001, p. 256
  2. ^ Wilson, P., The Australian Political Almanac, Hardie Grant Books 2001, p. 256
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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Russell Broadbent
Member for McMillan
Succeeded by
Russell Broadbent