Janet Woollard

Janet May Woollard (born 13 February 1955) was a member for the seat of Alfred Cove in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2013.

Dr Janet Woollard
In office
10 February 2001 – 9 March 2013
Preceded byDoug Shave
ConstituencyAlfred Cove
Personal details
Born (1955-02-13) 13 February 1955 (age 65)
London, England
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Dr Keith Woollard
ProfessionRegistered nurse

Woollard successfully contested the seat in the February 2001 state election as an Independent candidate (representing the Liberals for Forests party). She was re-elected at the 2005 election and again at the 2008 election.

In 2007 Woollard's son, Luke, crashed his family's boat whilst drink driving, seriously injuring a passenger. The injured passenger successfully sued Luke, who said he was unable to pay the A$230,000 compensation and indicated he faced bankruptcy.[1][2] Woollard and her husband initially refused to pay the compensation on behalf of their son. However, they settled the case following intense media scrutiny.[3]

Woollard was defeated in the 2013 state election, attracting only about 10% of the primary vote. The seat was won by the Liberal Party candidate, Dean Nalder.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "West Australian MP's son Luke Woollard declares bankruptcy over claim". News Limited. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Luke Woollard: I can't pay $230,000 boat crash compensation". News Limited. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Woollard settles son's $250k boat crash civil action with victim Kate Campbell". The Australian. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  4. ^ "WA votes 2013". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
Western Australian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Doug Shave
Member for Alfred Cove
Succeeded by
Dean Nalder