John Spender

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John Spender
Member of the Australian Parliament
for North Sydney
In office
18 October 1980 – 24 March 1990
Preceded by Bill Graham
Succeeded by Ted Mack
Personal details
Born (1935-12-02) 2 December 1935 (age 82)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Carla Zampatti (m. 1975–2010) Catherine Spender
Relations Sir Percy Spender (father)
Alma mater Yale University
Profession Barrister

John Michael Spender QC (born 2 December 1935) is a former Australian politician, diplomat and barrister.

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.[1]

In 1996 he was appointed Australian Ambassador to France, a position he held until 2000.[2] He was also Australian ambassador to Portugal (1996–1998) and Australian special envoy to Cyprus (1996–2000).[3]

Spender was married to fashion designer Carla Zampatti and has three children. They married in 1975, but separated in 2008 and divorced in 2010. He is now married to Catherine Spender[4]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 20 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
  2. ^ Downer, Alexander (19 July 1996). "Diplomatic Appointment: Ambassador to France" (Press release). Australian Government. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014.
  3. ^ Blok, Margie (4 February 2012). "Seeking a real big Spender". Domain. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013.
  4. ^ Hornery, Andrew (29 April 2010). "Designer puts her best foot forward despite separation". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bill Graham
Member for North Sydney
Succeeded by
Ted Mack
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alan Brown
Australian Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
William Fisher
Australian Ambassador to Algeria
Succeeded by
Victoria Owen