Bert van Manen

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Bert van Manen
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Forde
Assumed office
21 August 2010
Preceded by Brett Raguse
Personal details
Born (1965-03-24) 24 March 1965 (age 52)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Family First (2007–2010)
Liberal National (2010–present)
Spouse(s) Judi
Children 2
Occupation Politician
Profession Financial advisor

Albertus Johannes "Bert" van Manen (born 24 March 1965) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) member of the Australian House of Representatives seat of Forde since the 2010 federal election, defeating Australian Labor Party incumbent Brett Raguse.

Early life[edit]

Van Manen was born in Brisbane, Queensland, to Dutch immigrants. His father was a ceramic tiler. Van Manen's family moved to Waterford when he was young. He was educated at Waterford and Waterford West primary schools and at Kingston State High.[1]

In 1987 he married Judi, and they have two sons.[1]

Van Manen was employed as a bank officer for 15 years, from 1983 to 1998, before running his own business as a financial advisor from 1999 to 2010.[2] In 2007 he co-founded Vangrove Financial Planning with Andrew Cosgrove. Van Manen resigned as director in April 2012 but retained a 50% ownership; one month later KPMG administrators were called in when the firm collapsed owing creditors $1.5 million. Van Manen was owner and director of Van Manen investments until August 2012 when it was transferred to his wife.[3]

Van Manen is on the board of the Dunamis International College of Bible Ministries.[1]

Political career[edit]

In 2007, van Manen was the Family First Party candidate in the seat of Rankin. He received 3.53% of the primary vote in that election.

In the 2010 federal election, 2013 federal election, and 2016 federal election van Manen was the successfully elected LNP candidate for the Division of Forde. Van Manen was endorsed by the evangelical Christian Dunamis Church, which provided church volunteers to aid his election campaign with "booth work, letterbox drops and many other things."[1][4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "It is with great honour that I...: 20 Oct 2010: House debates (". Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  2. ^ 7111;, corporateName=Commonwealth Parliament; address=Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600; contact=+61 2 6277. "Mr Bert van Manen MP". Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  3. ^ "MP director of firm that went bust". 29 August 2013. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Maizey, Judith (March 8, 2016). "Dunamis Church endorses three Logan candidates in upcoming local government election". Courier Mail - Albert & Logan News. Retrieved July 4, 2017. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Brett Raguse
Member for Forde