|Member of the Australian Parliament|
for North Sydney
18 October 1980 – 24 March 1990
|Preceded by||Bill Graham|
|Succeeded by||Ted Mack|
2 December 1935|
Sydney, New South Wales
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Spouse(s)||Carla Zampatti (m. 1975–2010) Catherine Spender|
|Relations||Sir Percy Spender (father)|
|Alma mater||Yale University|
Born in Sydney, the son of politician Sir Percy Spender, he attended Yale University before becoming a barrister. In 1980 he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for North Sydney. He held the seat until his defeat by prominent independent Ted Mack. Spender lost over 18 percent of his primary vote from 1987, allowing Mack to win when Democrat and Labor preferences flowed overwhelmingly to him.
In 1996 he was appointed Australian Ambassador to France, a position he held until 2000. He was also Australian ambassador to Portugal (1996–1998) and Australian special envoy to Cyprus (1996–2000).
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- Downer, Alexander (19 July 1996). "Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador to France" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014.
- Blok, Margie (4 February 2012). "Seeking a real big Spender". Domain. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013.
- Hornery, Andrew (29 April 2010). "Designer puts her best foot forward despite separation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
|Parliament of Australia|
| Member for North Sydney
| Australian Ambassador to France
| Australian Ambassador to Algeria
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