Peter Katsambanis

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Peter Katsambanis

Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Monash Province
In office
30 March 1996 – 27 November 2002
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Council for North Metropolitan
In office
22 May 2013 – 6 February 2017
Succeeded byElise Irwin
Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Hillarys
Assumed office
11 March 2017
Preceded byRob Johnson
Personal details
Born (1965-12-24) 24 December 1965 (age 53)
Melbourne, Australia
Political partyLiberal
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne

Peter Argyris Katsambanis (born 24 December 1965) is an Australian politician. He was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council at the 2013 state election, representing the Liberal Party, taking his seat on 22 May 2013. He resigned in 2017 to contest the Legislative Assembly seat of Hillarys, a contest he won. He was previously a Liberal member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 1996 to 2002.

Katsambanis was born in Melbourne to Argyrios and Nicoletta Katsambanis, and attended Windsor Public School, Prahran High School and Melbourne High School, graduating in 1983. He received a Bachelor of Commerce (1989) and a Bachelor of Law (1990) from the University of Melbourne before becoming an articled clerk with the Trust Company of Australia. In 1992 he became senior trust officer for ANZ funds management, and in 1994 became a solicitor with Perpetual Trustees. In 1995 he founded his own legal firm. A member of the Liberal Party from 1987, he was President of the Toorak Young Liberals (1990–91). From 1991 to 1992 he was on the Prahran Electorate Council.[1]

In 1996, Katsambanis was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council as one of the members for Monash Province. He served as a backbencher until his defeat in 2002.[1]

Katsambanis has been married twice. He is currently married to former Channel 7 Melbourne TV reporter Karalee Tilvern. They moved to Western Australia in 2010 where Tilvern was born and educated. At the 2013 state election, Katsambanis was elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council, and his term commenced on 22 May 2013.

In 2016, following Rob Johnson's resignation from the Liberal Party to sit as an independent, a preselection was held for the safe Liberal seat of Hillarys, contested by Katsambanis and businessman Simon Ehrenfeld. Ehrenfeld won, but the WA Liberal Party's State Council ultimately overturned the initial preselection result and named Katsambanis as the Liberal candidate for the seat.[2] Katsambanis then went on to defeat Johnson and WA Labor candidate and former councillor Teresa Ritchie in the 2017 state election, achieving 39.63% of the primary vote and 54.09% of the two-party-preferred vote.[3] The election, however, saw his party lose power to Labor after over eight years in government.

Katsambanis was the subject of nationwide media attention after Johnson released to the media a 2:49am voicemail left on his phone by Katsambanis.[4]

After the election, Katsambanis was appointed by new WA Liberal Leader Mike Nahan as the Shadow Minister for Police, Road Safety, Corrective Services and Industrial Relations.[5]

In 2017, Katsambanis' electoral office moved to a first-floor office at Hillarys Boat Harbour which lacks disabled access. Former federal MHR and wheelchair bound Vietnam war veteran Graham Edwards complained to the Premier but the office allocation will remain for the present.[6]


  1. ^ a b Parliament of Victoria (2002). "Katsambanis, Peter Argyris". re-member: a database of all Victorian MPs since 1851. Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
  2. ^ Kagi, Jacob (18 May 2016). "MP Rob Johnson claims Jewish candidate blocked by 'bigots' in Liberal Party". ABC Online. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ "State Elections". Western Australia Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ Foster, Brendan (13 March 2017). "Rob Johnson leaks peculiar Katsambanis voicemail after bitter fight for Hillarys". WA Today. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. ^ Parliament of Western Australia (2017). "Mr Peter Argyris Katsambanis". Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  6. ^ "WA Premier admits mistake in moving MP to first floor office with no disabled access". ABC Online. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Rob Johnson
Member for Hillarys