Teresa Gambaro

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Teresa Gambaro
Teresa Gambaro 2007.jpg
Gambaro in 2007
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Brisbane
In office
21 August 2010 – 2 July 2016
Preceded byArch Bevis
Succeeded byTrevor Evans
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Petrie
In office
2 March 1996 – 24 November 2007
Preceded byGary Johns
Succeeded byYvette D'Ath
Personal details
Born (1958-11-29) 29 November 1958 (age 60)
Brisbane, Queensland
Political partyLiberal Party (Federal)
Liberal National Party of Queensland (State)
Spouse(s)Robert Duffy
Alma materQueensland University of Technology (BBus)
OccupationSmall business owner

Teresa Gambaro (born 29 November 1958) is an Australian former politician and member of the Liberal National Party.

Gambaro was born in Brisbane, Queensland. The daughter of an Italian immigrant, she was educated at Holy Spirit School in New Farm, the All Hallows' School in Brisbane,[1] and later at the Queensland University of Technology. She was a sales manager, account manager, marketing manager, marketing consultant and tutor in marketing at the Queensland University of Technology before entering politics.[2]

Gambaro was first elected to parliament as a Liberal at the 1996 federal election, in the division of Petrie.

She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence in July 2004, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade in January 2006. In 2007 she was appointed Assistant Minister for Immigration and Citizenship.[2]

Gambaro lost her seat to Yvette D'Ath of the Labor Party at the 2007 federal election.[2]

She re-entered Federal Parliament as the member for Brisbane at the 2010 federal election, becoming the first woman to represent Brisbane since its creation in 1901. Gambaro ran under the banner of the Liberal National Party, formed in 2008 after the merger of the Queensland divisions of the Liberal and National parties. She sat with the Liberals.

In September 2010 she was appointed Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Settlement by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.[3]

Gambaro made news in January 2012 by suggesting that immigrants are not integrating into Australian culture well enough. She stayed she believes that telling them to "wear deodorant" and learning to "wait in a queue" is "teaching what are norms in Australia." After a storm of outcry on social media and in Australian newspapers, Gambaro apologised.[4][5]

In August 2013 Gambaro announced her support for same-sex marriage, despite party policy being against it, and said she had pressed Abbott for a conscience vote on the issue.[6]

Gambaro retained her seat of Brisbane following the Australian federal election, 2013, increasing her majority to 4.5%. On 9 March 2016, she announced her retirement, stating that she would not contest Brisbane at the 2016 federal election.[7]


  1. ^ Who's Who in Australia. North Melbourne: Crown Contents. 2008. p. 807. ISBN 1-74095-160-3.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography for Gambaro, the Hon. Teresa". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  4. ^ "Coalition MP Teresa Gambaro apologies over calls for hygiene lessons for migrants". The Australian. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Australian MP says immigrants should be taught to use deodorant". The Guardian. 10 January 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. ^ http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/brisbane-coalition-mp-to-pressure-abbott-into-marriage-equality-20130822-2sen7.html
  7. ^ "Teresa Gambaro won't recontest election". SBS News. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Gary Johns
Member for Petrie
Succeeded by
Yvette D'Ath
Preceded by
Arch Bevis
Member for Brisbane
Succeeded by
Trevor Evans