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VAMVAKINOU, MariaBiography for VAMVAKINOU, Maria

Member for Calwell (Vic)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Calwell, Victoria, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Member, Speaker's Panel from 20.10.10 to 5.8.13 and from 1.9.16.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Employment and Workplace Relations from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Procedure from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Communications, Information Technology and the Arts from 25.5.06 to 17.10.07; Industry, Science and Innovation from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10 (Chair from 12.3.08 to 19.7.10); Petitions from 19.2.08 to 19.7.10; Appropriations and Administration from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Communications and the Arts from 10.11.15 to 9.5.16.

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 2.12.04 to 9.5.16 and from 15.9.16; Treaties from 18.2.08 to 30.11.09; Migration from 25.10.10 to 9.5.16 and from 15.9.16.

Joint Statutory: Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 2.12.04 to 17.10.07 and from 25.10.10 to 5.8.13; Native Title and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund from 2.12.04 to 16.6.05; Australian Crime Commission from 25.10.10 to 25.11.10; Law Enforcement from 25.11.10 to 9.5.16.

Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 18.3.10 to 19.7.10; Australia's Immigration Detention Network from 4.7.11 to 30.3.12.

Party Positions

Member, ALP Administrative Committee.

Delegate, ALP State Conference (Vic).

Member, ALP Affirmative Action Working Party.

Various policy and branch positions.


Born 4.1.1959, Lefkada, Greece.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BA, DipEd (Melb).

High school teacher 1982-87.

Electorate Officer to Dr AC Theophanous, MP 1988 and 1990.

Executive Assistant to the Hon. J Kirner, MLA 1989.

Personal Secretary to the Hon. A McCutcheon, MLA 1991.

Electorate Officer to Senator KJ Carr 1993-2001.

Local Government Service

Councillor, Northcote City Council 1990-92.


Description: outer metropolitan.

Location: north western Melbourne; it includes the centres of Attwood, Broadmeadows, Calder Park, Campbellfield, Coolaroo, Craigieburn (part), Dallas, Gladstone Park, Greenvale, Jacana, Keilor, Keilor Downs, Keilor North, Meadow Heights, Melbourne Airport, Roxburgh Park, Somerton, Sydenham, Taylors Lakes and Westmeadows.

Area: 175 sq km.

Electors enrolled: 109 405 (at 2.7.16).

Industries: automobile manufacturing, food processing, horse studs, textiles, clothing, transport, telecommunications, airline industries, wine production and service industries.