Mary Crawford

For other people named Mary Crawford, see Mary Crawford (disambiguation).
The Honourable
Mary Crawford
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Forde
In office
11 July 1987  2 March 1996
Preceded by David Watson
Succeeded by Kay Elson
Personal details
Born (1947-04-12) 12 April 1947
Toowoomba, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Teacher

Mary Catherine Crawford (born 12 April 1947) was an Australian politician. Born in Toowoomba, Queensland, she was educated at the University of Queensland before becoming a teacher. In 1987, she was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Forde. On 25 March 1994 she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Regional Development, a position she held until the defeat of the Keating Government in the 1996 election, in which Crawford lost her seat. Crawford had previously held her seat with a fairly safe majority of 8.6 percent. However, a redistribution ahead of the election pushed Forde into some rural, conservative-leaning territory in the Scenic Rim. This wiped out Crawford's majority, reducing it to an extremely marginal 0.1 percent. She was defeated by Liberal Kay Elson on a nine-percent swing.[1]


  1. Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-13.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
David Watson
Member for Forde
1987 1996
Succeeded by
Kay Elson

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