Nick Champion

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Nick Champion
MP
Nick Champion.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wakefield
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded by David Fawcett
Personal details
Born Nicholas David Champion
(1972-02-27) 27 February 1972 (age 46)
Elizabeth, South Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s) Fiona Webber
Children one daughter (born 2016)
Alma mater University of South Australia
Occupation Union official

Nicholas David Champion (born 27 February 1972 in Elizabeth, South Australia), is an Australian Labor Party member of the House of Representatives seat of Wakefield since the 2007 election. He is Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing and Science and the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Background[edit]

Champion was born in Elizabeth in South Australia. He spent his early years in the rural town of Kapunda and completed his secondary education at Kapunda High School while working part-time as a fruit picker. He also previously worked as a cleaner, salesman and trolley collector. He completed an Arts degree and a Graduate Diploma in Communication at the University of South Australia.[1]

Champion became a union official at the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA) in 1994, serving as an organiser, training officer and occupational health and safety officer.[1] He is aligned with the Labor Right.[2]

Champion served as South Australian State President of the Australian Labor Party from 2005 to 2006 and was a ministerial adviser to state Labor Minister Michael Wright.[3]

Champion is married to Fiona Webber, a former Labor political staffer.[4][5] Their first child was born just over a month after the 2016 election.[6]

Parliament[edit]

Labor MPs Champion, Mike Rann, Kevin Rudd and Tony Piccolo in Gawler for the Tour Down Under in 2010.

Champion won his seat at the 2007 election, defeating incumbent Liberal Party of Australia member David Fawcett.[7]

Champion became only the third Labor member ever to win Wakefield at the 2007 election with a 56.6 percent two-party vote. Champion made it a safe Labor seat on paper at the 2010 election with a 62 percent two-party vote, and became the first Labor member to be re-elected to Wakefield. The South Australian federal redistribution in 2011 had the greatest impact on Wakefield where the Labor margin declined by 1.5 percent. Champion retained Wakefield at the 2013 election on a 53.4 percent two-party vote even as Labor lost government, marking the first time the non-Labor parties won government at an election without winning Wakefield. Champion increased his margin at the 2016 election with a 61 percent two-party vote, again making Wakefield a safe Labor seat on paper.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nick Champion profile: ALP
  2. ^ Wakefield MP's push to remove 'pokies trickery': The Advertiser 13/9/2009
  3. ^ Nick Champion: APH
  4. ^ "State pays up on baby death". Adelaide Now. News Limited. 10 January 2010. Treasurer Kevin Foley's spokeswoman Fiona Webber said 
  5. ^ "Off the Record: The home of SA political gossip". Adelaide Now. News Limited. 6 May 2016. Champion and wife Fiona Webber are expecting their first child 
  6. ^ "Nick's baby joy". The Bunyip. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  7. ^ "Big swings against Coalition across SA". 24 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 

External links[edit]

Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
David Fawcett
Member for Wakefield
2007–present
Incumbent