Allegra Spender: Teal MP on leaving mum’s millions behind for politics and keeping kids grounded

Allegra Spender, 44, walked away from her family’s fashion business – her late mother was fashion icon Carla Zampatti – for a life in politics, winning the seat of Wentworth in the federal election in May. 

But though she was was leaving a multi-million dollar clothing business, she was far from new to politics – her father, John, and grandfather, Percy, were both MPs too.

Unlike her antecedents, who were Liberals, Ms Spender is one of a wave of so-called ‘teal’ independents elected across the country to back action on climate change. 

Despite her multi-millionaire background, she said she knows how to keep her three children grounded.

In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Ms Spender revealed she made her kids – aged six, eight and nine – pack their own school lunches.

 It’s a tradition Ms Spender carried on from her mother, a tactic Ms Zampatti used to make her two children more independent.

‘We have a nanny and I know many people don’t have that option. But I don’t have…

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