Pru Goward

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Pru Goward

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Biography

The Honourable Pru Goward is a former Cabinet minister, Sex Discrimination Commissioner and was a pioneering television reporter with the ABC. Pru has a long history of promoting women’s rights, driving reform and getting it done and has frequently challenged institutional bullying and harassment. 

Pru speaks across a range of subjects that reflect her decades of experience; women and leadership, leadership, trust and values, ageing and age discrimination, domestic violence, paid parental leave, workplace bullying and harassment and the implementation of reform. She also comments on current political challenges.

Pru currently consults to a number of Australian organisations.

Pru Goward’s outstanding career as a senior government official and government minister saw reforms in Family Law and more recently child protection, social and affordable housing and urban planning. With her drive and many years of understanding, New South Wales completely overhauled how the state government approached domestic violence and is now the only Australian state or territory to witness a decline in assault rates.

Prior to this, Pru Goward was Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner for six years, promoting the land mark introduction of paid maternity leave, now a national entitlement.  She also oversaw Australia’s first statistically valid sexual harassment survey which continues to be the bench mark for governments and business and reported on the state of work-life balance for men and women in Australia. Pru was also the commissioner responsible for age discrimination.

Pru was the Australian Government’s official spokesperson for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and held Directorships on a number of boards.
   
As a senior current affairs reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 19 years Pru was ABC Television’s first female correspondent, the inaugural presenter of Radio National Breakfast and the recipient of a prestigious Walkley Award for her courageous television profile of organized crime figure George Freeman.
She has authored A Business of Her Own and has co-authored a biography of John Howard.

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