Ross Vasta

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.

Ross Vasta

Member of the Australian Parliament
for Bonner
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded byKerry Rea
In office
9 October 2004  24 November 2007
Preceded bySeat created
Succeeded byKerry Rea
Personal details
Born (1966-10-08) 8 October 1966
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal (federal)
LNP (state)
Spouse(s)Fang Zhao
RelationsAngelo Vasta (father)
Children2
OccupationCompany director
Websitewww.rossvasta.com.au

Early life

Vasta is the son of Angelo Vasta, a former judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Politics

At the 2001 federal election, Vasta was the Liberal Party candidate for the Division of Griffith. He was defeated by the sitting member, Kevin Rudd, who later became Prime Minister of Australia.

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.[1] He achieved a seven-point swing towards him, one of the highest to any Liberal candidate in Queensland.

Notes

  1. Green, Antony. "Bonner (Key Seat)". ABC Elections. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. Citizenship Register – 45th Parliament
  3. About Ross Vasta Archived 17 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine Vasta Campaign Website. (retrieved 15 August 2007)
Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Bonner
2004–2007
Succeeded by
Kerry Rea
Preceded by
Kerry Rea
Member for Bonner
2010–present
Incumbent
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