18–20 Kirk Street
PO Box 318
Moe Victoria 3825
(03) 5127 1066
1300 132 581
(03) 5127 1741
Christian Zahra was first elected to represent the Federal electorate of McMillan, in Victoria, in 1998. He was re-elected as the Member for McMillan, with an increased margin, in 2001. Christian is a member of the Australian Labor Party (ALP).
In 2001 Christian was appointed to the Shadow Ministry as Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Communications. In March 2003, following a Shadow Ministry reshuffle, he was made Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Minister for Regional Development & Transport.
Christian grew up in Gippsland and became interested in people and politics at an early age. He remembers being inspired by some senior Federal Labor Members of Parliament who visited his hometown of Traralgon in 1990 when he was still at school.
Christian’s strong interest in social justice led him to join the ALP when he was eighteen. He soon made his presence felt within the party, becoming the first ever country Victorian to be elected State Secretary of Young Labor.
He studied at La Trobe University in Melbourne, graduating with a degree in Economics in 1993. His commitment to his local community led him back to Gippsland, where he continued to be actively involved in local issues.
Christian was endorsed as the Australian Labor Party’s candidate for the Federal electorate of McMillan in 1997 at the age of twenty-four. He was the only Labor candidate in Victoria to defeat a sitting Liberal MP at the Federal election in 1998. At the federal election in 2001, Christian defied the statewide trend to record a +2% swing.
Christian has a strong commitment to education for all Australians; equality of access to health care services; high quality aged care; regional development and the creation of job opportunities for people in his local area.