Tony Zappia

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Tony Zappia

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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Makin
Assumed office
24 November 2007
Preceded by Trish Draper
Personal details
Antonio Zappia

(1952-06-13) 13 June 1952 (age 67)
Platì, Reggio Calabria, Italy
CitizenshipAustralian (1958–)
Italian (1952–1958) [1]
Political party Australian Labor Party
Residence Pooraka, South Australia
OccupationBusinessman, athlete

Antonio Zappia (born 13 June 1952) is an Australian politician and former powerlifting champion. He has been an Australian Labor Party member for the House of Representatives seat of Makin in South Australia since the 2007 election.

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Zappia attended Pooraka Primary School and Enfield High School, then from 1969 he worked for ANZ Bank. From 1976 to 1980, Zappia was employed as a research officer to Senator Jim Cavanagh. Zappia was Mayor of the City of Salisbury from 1997 to 2007 and a Councillor from 1977. [2]

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Zappia has run three fitness centres. Zappia has also won ten National Championships in powerlifting. [3]


From Makin's creation ahead of the 1984 election, the seat was always marginal and held by the party of government, often typical of mortgage belt seats. However, Zappia defeated Liberal candidate Bob Day at the 2007 election with a 57.7 percent two-party vote from an 8.6-point two-party swing as Labor won government, the largest two-party vote and swing of any party in Makin's history at the time, and was also the first time a Makin candidate won a majority of the primary vote. At the 2010 election, Zappia technically made it a safe Labor seat with a 62.2 percent two-party vote, again becoming the largest of any party in Makin's history. Zappia held the seat at the 2013 election with a reduced 55.1 percent two-party vote even as Labor lost government, albeit still the largest two-party vote, aside from 2010 and 2007, of any party in Makin's history. No longer a bellwether for the first time, Zappia became the first opposition member in the seat's history.

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Zappia lives in Pooraka and is married to Vicki with three children. [2]

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Trish Draper
Member for Makin