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Peter Macdonald (Australian politician)

For other people named Peter Macdonald, see Peter Macdonald (disambiguation).
Dr. Peter Macdonald
Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Manly
In office
25 May 1991 – 5 March 1999
Preceded by David Hay
Succeeded by David Barr
Mayor of Manly
In office
Preceded by Jean Hay
Succeeded by Jean Hay
Personal details
Born (1943-05-29) 29 May 1943 (age 71)
United Kingdom Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Alma mater University of London
Occupation General Practitioner

Peter Alexander Cameron Macdonald OAM (born. 29 May 1943) is an Australian medical practitioner and politician from Glasgow, Scotland . He was formerly the independent member for the Electoral district of Manly in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and Mayor of Manly Council.


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Macdonald was educated in Edinburgh, the University of London (MB,BS) and Kings College Hospital. During this time he was involved with the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP). He joined the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, obtaining a Diploma in Anaesthetics (DA) and a Diploma in Obstetrics (DRCOG).[1]

Macdonald emigrated to Australia in 1972. He settled in Manly and worker as a general Practitioner from 1973 to 2006. He was elected to Manly Municipal Council from 1984 to 1999, becoming Deputy Mayor from 1995 to 1996.[1] He was member for the Manly from 1991 to 1999. In 2000 Macdonald founded and is the current President of Australian Doctors International, which provides non-government health care and development aid in remote and rural regions of Papua New Guinea.[2] He also worked with Médecins Sans Frontières in Iran in 1999, with Timor Aid in 2000 and was also Director of international community development organisation Plan International Australia from 2000 to 2003.[3]

Macdonald resumed his local political career in 2004 when he was elected as Mayor of Manly, serving until 2008. He was re-elected as a councillor at the Local Government Elections following his announcement of not running for mayor.[4] In the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours, Macdonald was presented with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) "For service to local government, and to medicine."[5]


Preceded by
David Hay
Member for Manly
1991 – 1999
Succeeded by
David Barr
Civic offices
Preceded by
Jean Hay
Mayor of Manly
2004 – 2008
Succeeded by
Jean Hay

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