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 56)
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 Βαμβακινού) (born 4 January 1959 in Lefkada, Greece), is an 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