Mike Symon

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Mike Symon
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Deakin
In office
24 November 2007 – 7 September 2013
Preceded byPhil Barresi
Succeeded byMichael Sukkar
Personal details
Born (1965-02-21) 21 February 1965 (age 54)
Box Hill, Victoria, Australia
Political partyAustralian Labor Party

Michael Stuart Symon (born 21 February 1965), Australian politician, was elected to the Australian House of Representatives at the 2007 federal election as the Australian Labor Party member for the federal seat of Deakin.[1] He had previously been an electrician and was Occupational Health and Safety Officer of the Electrical Trades Union.[2]

He defeated the sitting Liberal member, Phil Barresi, who had held the seat since 1996. The seat had been one of the most marginal Liberal seats in the country for almost three decades. Barresi led for most of the night, but on the fifth count a large flow of Green preferences allowed Symon to become only the second Labor MP in the seat's 70-year history. At the 2010 election, Symon faced Barresi again, and was reelected with a slight swing in his favour—again due to Green preferences.

At the 2013 federal election, Symon suffered a swing of 3.8% against him and was defeated by Liberal candidate Michael Sukkar.


  1. ^ "Symon, Mike". Australian Parliament. Archived from the original on 3 August 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
  2. ^ "About Mike Symon". Australian Labor Party. Retrieved 8 October 2008.

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Phil Barresi
Member for Deakin
Succeeded by
Michael Sukkar