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John Spender

John Spender
Member of the Australian Parliament
for North Sydney
In office
18 October 1980 – 24 March 1990
Preceded by Bill Graham
Succeeded by Ted Mack
Personal details
Born (1935-12-02) 2 December 1935 (age 78)
Sydney, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Carla Zampatti (m. 1975–2010)
Relations Sir Percy Spender (father)
Alma mater Yale University
Profession Barrister

John Michael Spender QC (born 2 December 1935) is a former Australian politician, diplomat and barrister. Born in Sydney, the son of politician Percy Spender, he attended Yale University before becoming a barrister. In 1980 he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Liberal member for North Sydney. He held the seat until his defeat by prominent independent Ted Mack.[1] In 1996 he was appointed Australian Ambassador to France, a position he held until 2000.[2]

Spender was married to fashion designer Carla Zampatti and has three children. They married in 1975, but separated in 2008 and divorced in 2010.[3]


Preceded by
Bill Graham
Member for North Sydney
Succeeded by
Ted Mack
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Alan Brown
Australian Ambassador to France
Succeeded by
William Fisher

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