Ross Xavier Vasta (born 8 October 1966) is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2010, representing the Division of Bonner for the Liberal Party. He previously held the same seat from 2004 to 2007.
|Member of the Australian Parliament|
|Assumed office |
21 August 2010
|Preceded by||Kerry Rea|
9 October 2004 – 24 November 2007
|Preceded by||Seat created|
|Succeeded by||Kerry Rea|
|Born||8 October 1966|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Political party||Liberal (federal) |
|Relations||Angelo Vasta (father)|
Vasta is the son of Angelo Vasta, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. His parents were both born in Innisfail, Queensland, while his grandparents were all born in Sicily. His mother registered him as an Italian citizen by descent when he was a child, but he renounced it prior to his first run for parliament in 2001. Vasta was educated at Villanova College in the Brisbane suburb of Coorparoo, and attended Griffith University, where he graduated with a commerce degree. He started and operated three Italian cuisine restaurants named Elio's and worked as a company director before entering politics.
In 2004, Vasta stood for the Liberals in the Division of Bonner, and defeated former Labor minister Con Sciacca. However, in the 2007 election he was defeated by Labor candidate Kerry Rea on a swing of 4.75 points; this was the lowest swing against a Liberal incumbent in Queensland. Following his election defeat, Vasta won Liberal Party preselection for the Brisbane City Council ward of Wynnum-Manly in Brisbane's east. He was defeated by the Labor incumbent, polling 36% of the primary vote.
Vasta decided to stand in Bonner once again at the 2010 federal election, and reclaimed his old seat by a 53% to 47% margin. He achieved a seven-point swing towards him, one of the highest to any Liberal candidate in Queensland.
|Parliament of Australia|
|New division|| Member for Bonner
| Member for Bonner