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ZAHRA, Christian JohnBiography for ZAHRA, Christian John

Member for McMillan (Vic) 1998-2004

Australian Labor Party



Parliamentary service

Elected to the House of Representatives for McMillan, Victoria, 1998 and 2001. Defeated at general elections 2004.


Committee service

House of Representatives Standing: Industry, Science and Resources from 8.12.98 to 8.10.01; Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry from 20.3.02 to 13.5.04.


Parliamentary party positions

Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Communications from 25.11.01 to 18.2.03; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism from 18.2.03 to 8.12.03; Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Urban and Regional Development, Transport, Infrastructure and Tourism from 8.12.03 to 22.10.04.


Party positions

Delegate, ALP Youth Conference from 1992.

Member, Young Labor Executive (Vic) 1993, 1995, 1996; State Secretary, Young Labor (Vic) 1996.

Secretary, McMillan Federal Electoral Assembly 1995-96.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic) from 1997.


Personal

Born 8.4.1973 at Pieta, Malta.

Single.


Qualifications and occupation before entering federal Parliament

BEc (La Trobe).

Electorate officer to B Cunningham, MP 1994-96.

Project Leader (Finance), Gippsland Water 1996-97.

Chief Executive Officer, Aboriginal Health Service, Morwell, Vic 1997-98.


Electorate

Description: rural.

Location: south-eastern Victoria; it includes the centres of Boolarra, Churchill, Darnum, Drouin, Erica, Moe, Morwell, Neerim South, Pakenham, Thorpdale, Trafalgar, Traralgon, Walhalla, Warragul, Yarragon and Yinnar.

Area: 5744 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 85 551 (at 10.11.01).

Industries: dairy farming, coal mining, power generation, paper manufacturing, fruit, forestry, potato growing, sawmilling and tourism.

State electorates: McMillan includes the Victorian Legislative Assembly electorate of Narracan, and parts of Gippsland South, Gippsland West, Morwell and Pakenham.