Chris Gambian, Labor’s candidate for Banks, is passionate about helping those whose voices are not often heard in the corridors of power. He will ensure his community has the chance to tell their stories and be listened to.
Chris has strong roots in the community he has spent his working life advocating for. Chris was born at St George Hospital, grew up in Penshurst and Peakhurst, and attended Mortdale Public School then Marist Brothers Penshurst and Kogarah.
As a union official with the Finance Sector Union, Chris organised for fairer pay and conditions for tellers, call centre workers and other bank and insurance workers. On his nights and weekends, Chris served his community on the Boards of local community organisations, including the Bankstown Youth Development Service and the Sydney Community Forum.
Chris is the proud son of migrants, whose parents moved to Mortdale from south India in the mid-1970s. Back then, his was one of the only families in the area with dark skin. Now, he’s proud that Banks is among the most culturally diverse electorates in the country. His parents spent their lives invested in his education, and Chris and his wife Kate want to ensure their two young daughters have every opportunity to live a good life.