The Hon. Mary Crawford
Women in Federal Parliament

The Hon. Mary Crawford

Member for Forde (Qld)

ALP, 1987–1996

The Hon. Mary Crawford.

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In 1987 the Hon. Mary Crawford became the member for the House of Representatives seat of Forde (Qld) for the Australian Labor Party. She held various ministerial and committee appointments during her nine years in Parliament, including chairing the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training between 1991 and 1994. During this time the committee produced two important reports on strategies for early intervention for literacy and learning for Australian children and on violence in Australian schools. She also served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Housing and Regional Development between 1994 and 1996.

Crawford’s time in Parliament saw her speak across a range of issues including women’s equality, education, health, social security, skills development and finance. She was also a strong representative for her local electorate, promoting issues as diverse as nursing home care, community support groups and employment. A measure of her success as a local member was that she was able to change Forde from being a marginal seat for Labor into a safe seat.