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CRAWFORD, the Hon. Mary CatherineBiography for CRAWFORD, the Hon. Mary Catherine

Member for Forde (Qld)

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Forde, Queensland, 1987. Re-elected 1990 and 1993. Defeated at general elections 1996.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Regional Development from 25.3.1994 to 11.3.1996.

Committee Service

Joint Select: Video Material from 26.10.1987 to 28.4.1988.

House of Representatives Standing: Employment, Education and Training from 16.5.1990 to 10.5.1994 (Chair from 22.8.1991 to 10.5.1994); House from 12.5.1993 to 1.2.1995; Legal and Constitutional Affairs from 12.5.1993 to 9.2.1994.

Conferences Delegations and Visits

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, June-July 1988

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USSR, Mongolia and Japan, September-October 1990

Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, October-November 1993

Party Positions

Various positions at ALP branch level


Born 12.4.1947, Toowoomba, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

B.A (Qld)

Dip.Ed (Qld)



Description: Rural

Location: South-eastern Queensland, south of Brisbane; it includes the centres of Aratula, Beenleigh, Bethania, Beaudesert, Boonah, Canungra, Eagleby, Edens Landing, Kingston, Loganholme, Mt Tamborine, Numinbah Valley and Rathdowney.

Area: 4574 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 75600 (at 5.2.1996)

Industries: Farming, dairying, light industry.

Electorate: Forde includes the Queensland Legislative Assembly electorate of Waterford, and parts of Albert, Beaudesert, Lockyer, Logan, Nerang and Woodridge.