|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for South Barwon
30 November 2002 – 26 November 2010
|Preceded by||Alister Paterson|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Katos|
|86th Mayor of Geelong|
|Preceded by||Stretch Kontelj|
|Born||Michael Paul Crutchfield
12 December 1961
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Crutchfield was born in Melbourne, but attended high school in the coastal city of Warrnambool. He studied to become a teacher at the University of Western Australia before returning to Victoria and taking up a position as a teacher at Chanel College in Geelong. Two years later, however, he left the position and took on a position as a career firefighter with the Country Fire Authority.
Crutchfield remained on the council after losing the mayoralty, and contested Australian Labor Party preselection for the state seat of South Barwon, which was considered a safe seat for the conservative Liberal Party of Australia, and had never been won by Labor before in its history. Aided considerably by a statewide landslide victory for Labor, Crutchfield defeated long-serving incumbent Alister Paterson in the 2002 state election, and took up his seat in parliament. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Water and the Environment in 2007.
Crutchfield lost his seat in the 2010 state election.
- "Members Information - Michael Crutchfield (South Barwon)". Parliament of Victoria. 21 January 2010. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for South Barwon