Manfred Cross

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Manfred Cross
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Brisbane
In office
9 December 1961 – 13 December 1975
Preceded by George Lawson
Succeeded by Peter Johnson
In office
18 October 1980 – 19 February 1990
Preceded by Peter Johnson
Succeeded by Arch Bevis
Personal details
Born (1929-08-12) 12 August 1929 (age 88)
Brisbane, Queensland
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Queensland
Occupation Public servant

Manfred Douglas Cross, AM (born 12 August 1929) is an Australian retired politician. Born in Brisbane, he was educated at various state primary schools including Rainworth State School[1] before attending Brisbane State High School. He then went to the University of Queensland, after which he became a public servant.

In 1961, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the Labor member for Brisbane. He held the seat until 1975, when he was defeated by Liberal challenger Peter Johnson amid Labor's meltdown in Queensland that year; Labor was cut down to only one seat in the state. Although Cross led early on, on the third count a National Country candidate's preferences flowed overwhelmingly to Johnson. The National Country Party had begun contesting seats in the Brisbane area in order to broaden its base. He narrowly lost to Johnson in a 1977 rematch, but regained the seat in 1980. He remained in the House until his retirement in 1990.[2]


  1. ^ Beazley, Helen Rainworth State School 75th anniversary, 1928-2003 , c2003. 137 p. : ill.; 30 cm, ISBN 0-646-42505-6
  2. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
George Lawson
Member for Brisbane
1961 – 1975
Succeeded by
Peter Johnson
Preceded by
Peter Johnson
Member for Brisbane
1980 – 1990
Succeeded by
Arch Bevis