Pru Goward
Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner and politician
Pru Goward
Prudence Jane Goward MP, an Australian politician, is the Minister for Community Services and Women in the O'Farrell Liberal-National Coalition Government since 2011. Goward is a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly representing Goulburn for the Liberal Party of Australia since 2007.
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NSW election 2015: Luke Foley concedes defeat to Mike Baird – live
Guardian (UK) - almost 2 years
Coalition on course to win 53 seats, Labor on 31, Greens four, independents two, with three too close to call, as ALP gains a statewide swing of about 9%. Follow all the results live ... 9.27pm AEST From Michael Safi, Luke Foley enters to make his concession speech. Luke Foley enters to concede @gabriellechan https://t.co/NETdpA8plY 9.26pm AEST Luke Foley commits the NSW Labor party to do everything in its power to make Bill Shorten the next prime minister of Australia. 9.26pm AEST So normal service is resumed in NSW politics. After tonight we now have a 2-party system again in NSW. We didn’t after the 2011 election, where we suffered the worst defeat in our very long history. The next election friends is now winnable for Labor. Luke Foley mentions John Robertson, the former Labor leader, NSW Labor secretary, Jamie Clements. He also thanks Bill Shorten. 9.24pm AEST Luke Foley: We’ve governed for a clear majority of the last 100 years, we’ve achieved humane and civili ...
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NSW minister quizzed on caseworkers - Sky News Australia
Google News - over 3 years
Sky News Australia NSW minister quizzed on caseworkers Sky News Australia Updated: 19:01, Wednesday September 18, 2013. NSW minister quizzed on caseworkers. Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward has again been accused of misleading parliament and spinning 'a web of deceit' about caseworker numbers. Leaked emails heap more pressure on Community Services Minister Pru ...ABC Online Revealed: staff down by 25%Sydney Morning Herald Not enough case workers to save ZoranNinemsn all 7 news articles »
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Early intervention prevention key to new Wesley Mission youth program
Christian Today - over 3 years
NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has announced that Wesley Mission will deliver a new early intervention and prevention program to improve the lives of nine to 15 year olds in western Sydney
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Dead girl's family rated 'high risk' - ABC Online
Google News - over 5 years
Community Services Minister Pru Goward says she is aware of a report issued in July which rated the family at high risk. "This family was given intensive support. There's no doubt that the department and support agencies were working with that family,
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Federal govt up for fair pay costs: Goward - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
NSW Women, Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward said Prime Minister Julia Gillard needed to find the money because otherwise it was community service providers in NSW and their clients who would suffer. "I am saying that the responsibility
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Holding violence by the ankle - Cumberland Courier Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
Community Services Minister Pru Goward has tasked the Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Social Issues to prepare a special inquiry into domestic violence trends in NSW. The inquiry is investigating various strategies on how to reduce the
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'Startling and disturbing' fall in checks on children at risk - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, blamed the 16 years of Labor government and said the department had an unsustainable budget gap of $1.9 billion over four years. ''This is not a failure of case workers
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Goward to launch DV conference - SX News (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
NSW Family and Community Services Minister Pru Goward will officially launch the first national conference on LGBTQI domestic violence on September 16 in Sydney at the Rex Centre in Kings Cross. Despite domestic violence among LGBTQI couples being
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Gun warning after MP's husband charged - ABC Online
Google News - over 5 years
Pru Goward advised the NSW Parliament late yesterday of the situation involving her husband David Barnett. The National Coalition for Gun Control says lessons should be learned from criminal charges laid against the husband of New South Wales Community
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NSW Government's weed 'commitment' - Goulburn Post
Google News - over 5 years
IN the run-up to the last NSW State election, Southern Tablelands MPs, Pru Goward and Duncan Gay, were very strong on the need for urgent and much betterfunded action to control serrated tussock before it virtually destroyed grazing and associated
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No one will be spared in toughest budget for a decade - The Daily Telegraph
Google News - over 5 years
Community Services Minister Pru Goward has already revealed her department would be left with a $1.3 billion shortfall by 2014. Mr Baird said the debt crisis in Greece would hurt consumer spending, which would hit revenue from stamp duty paid on houses
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Child protection is complex: engage with care - ABC Online
Google News - over 5 years
NSW Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward has identified this and the need to invest in intensive work with families. It shouldn't be an either/or situation – investing across the spectrum of services is the key
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School's in on uni funding committee - Goulburn Post
Google News - over 5 years
Meantime, Goulburn MP Pru Goward has written to Federal tertiary education minister, Senator Chris Evans asking him to bend the criteria on another possible funding source. Writing on behalf of Canberra University, Ms Goward wants Senator Evans to
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Goward under fire over foster care reforms - ABC Online
Google News - over 5 years
Labor has raised the prospect of the cuts based on comments by Community Services Minister Pru Goward on ABC Radio National. Ms Goward told Radio National that children should not be removed from their families simply because they live in "terrible
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pru Goward
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 62
    Her decision followed a statewide electoral redistribution by the NSW Electoral Commission that resulted in a substantial revision of Hodgkinson's seat of Burrinjuck and the seat renamed as Cootamundra, with effect from the 2015 state election.
    More Details Hide Details Her announcement resulted in a dispute between the Nationals and Liberals; and on 28 February, Hodgkinson announced she would withdraw her nomination for Goulburn. Hodgkinson subsequently contested the newly constituted seat of Cootamundra, and won the seat for the National Party. Goward was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for services to journalism and women's rights.
    Following the 2015 state election, Goward was sworn in as the Minister for Mental Health, the Minister for Medical Research, the Minister for Women, the Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (a newly created portfolio), and the Assistant Minister for Health in the second Baird government.
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  • 2014
    Age 61
    Due to the resignation of Barry O'Farrell as Premier, and the subsequent ministerial reshuffle by Mike Baird, the new Liberal Leader, in April 2014 in addition to her existing responsibilities as a minister, Goward was appointed as the Minister for Planning; and lost the portfolio of Family and Community Services.
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    In February 2014, Katrina Hodgkinson, the Nationals Member for Burrinjuck, a neighbouring electorate of Goulburn, announced that she would be contesting Goward's seat of Goulburn.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 54
    This was her second driving offence for 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Goward said "It was extremely careless on my part and like thousands of other drivers I deeply regret it."
    Her main contender, Independent Mayor of Goulburn Paul Stephenson, conceded defeat on 29 March 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Goward was quoted as saying that she "didn't expect to win it. I knew I was behind the whole time, even four days before the election we were told I was five points behind, so I'm just so grateful."> As the Minister responsible for child protective services there have been reports of inadequate staffing and services to meet the need. As the state's Community Services Minister, Goward announced in mid-March 2014 that around 300 harbourfront public housing properties will be sold under the management of Government Property NSW, with the proceeds reinvested into the public housing system. Considered historic structures, the harbourfront properties are located at Millers Point, The Rocks and on Gloucester Street, and include the Sirius complex, a high-rise, 79-unit apartment complex near the Harbour Bridge. The government expects to generate hundreds of millions of dollars from the sales and Goward explained, as a justification of the sale: "In the last two years alone, nearly A$7 million has been spent maintaining this small number of properties. That money could have been better spent on building more social housing, or investing in the maintenance of public housing properties across the state."
    However, she successfully ran for New South Wales state parliament in March 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Pru Goward, while Minister for the Department of Family and Community Services, initiated the Going Home Staying Home reforms which redistributed funding for youth refuges across the state. In 2006, Goward nominated for Liberal Party preselection for the New South Wales state parliament in seat of Epping in Sydney's north-west, but was defeated by the former President of the Right to Life Association, Greg Smith. She was subsequently preselected unopposed for the seat of Goulburn, to replace retiring Liberal frontbencher Peta Seaton. Goward was expected to win the seat, however an unexpectedly strong swing to Labor in the Southern Highlands area of the seat put her victory in doubt on election night.
  • 2006
    Age 53
    Howard extended her tenure for an additional three years in July 2006.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 48
    Goward was the Sex Discrimination Commissioner at HREOC, a five-year tenure she began in July 2001.
    More Details Hide Details In this role, she called for the introduction of paid maternity leave, a position rejected by the Howard government.
  • 1997
    Age 44
    She was Executive Director of the Office of the Status of Women in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 1997 to 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In this position, Goward criticised the business community for the "primitive attitudes" that kept women out of senior executive ranks and boardrooms. At the time of her appointment, she was criticised by Anne Summers, a previous Executive Director, and Carmen Lawrence, a prominent female politician, for her perceived inexperience and political connection to the Howard government.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 33
    Goward married journalist David Barnett in 1986.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1973
    Age 20
    She was previously married from 1973 to 1983 to university lecturer Alastair Fischer, whom she met while studying at Adelaide University.
    More Details Hide Details She is the mother of three daughters, former model and actor Kate Fischer, Penny Fischer, and Alice Barnett. She has two granddaughters. Goward and Barnett have maintained a close personal friendship with former prime minister John Howard for many years, and jointly authored a biography of Howard in 1997. Goward joined ABC TV and Radio in 1980, firstly as a reporter with Nationwide, then as a political correspondent on the 7.30 Report, and later as host of the Morning Show and Daybreak on Radio National. She has also worked as a high school teacher, a university lecturer in economics, a broadcast journalism lecturer at University of Canberra, a media consultant and freelance writer.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on November 2, 1952.
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