Defeated politician turns to law career

Janet Woollard at the Applecross Jetty.
Janet Woollard at the Applecross Jetty.

Dr Woollard lost her battle to retain the seat of Alfred Cove last week in a landslide victory to Liberal newcomer Dean Nalder. She had held the seat as an Independent since 2001.

‘It was a landslide victory to the Liberal Party. I congratulate Colin Barnett on a well run campaign,’ Dr Woollard said.

Instead of dwelling on the past, Dr Woollard said she would turn a new page and was excited about her next chapter.

‘I had successful careers in nursing, education and public health before 12 fantastic years in politics and now it’s time to move on,’ she said.

‘I have a law degree and I want to get admitted to the Bar and practise law.’

While she has not yet decided what area of law she wants to practise in, she said her reason for law was that she wanted to continue to help people in the community and saw it as a particular way she could.

Dr Woollard last week conceded it was the end of her political career, saying she would not stand in four years time.

She also laughed off suggestions of running as a Melville councillor or mayor.

Dr Woollard said she would continue to work on community issues that she had been involved with in the past.

‘I was involved in community issues before I entered politics and I will continue to after, especially in the public health and education sector.’

During her time as Alfred Cove MLA Dr Woollard spent a lot of time working with concerned residents to close brothels in residential areas.

‘I see brothels in the community as an issue and would like to see an end to them so I will continue to work to stop them from running,’ she said.

‘During the campaign people told me of more suspected brothels in the area, which I was not aware of. So yes, it is still a big issue in the community.’