The Hon. Teresa Gambaro
Women in Federal Parliament

The Hon. Teresa Gambaro

Member for Petrie (Qld)

LIB, 1996–2007

Member for Brisbane (Qld)

LIB, 2010–2016

The Hon. Teresa Gambaro with her children in 1996.

Image courtesy of Newspix/News Limited.

Teresa Gambaro was elected to the House of Representatives for the Liberal Party in the Queensland seat of Petrie in 1996. She held the seat until she suffered a narrow loss in 2007. In 2010 and 2013 she successfully contested the nearby seat of Brisbane.

Graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business, Gambaro worked in a number of management and marketing roles, including in her family's seafood business, and as a university tutor.

Her first speech identified her strong interest in small business, finance and workplace relations, while her ongoing commitment to education and training was evident through her contributions in the chamber, her committee involvement and her work with the Parliamentary Education Office Advisory Committee.

After serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers for Defence (2004-2006), Foreign Affairs (2006-2007) and Immigration and Citizenship (2007) she was appointed Minister for Immigration and Citizenship in 2007. Following her return to the Parliament after the 2010 election she served in the shadow ministry and as chair of the joint standing committees on migration and foreign affairs, defence and trade. Gambaro strongly supported extending the right to marry to same-sex couples and in 2015 co-sponsored the introduction of a private member’s bill to amend the Marriage Act to that effect.

After more than 17 years of parliamentary service Gambaro resigned in 2016.