Currently the ALP Federal Member for Fremantle, Dr Lawrence began her political career in State politics. She was Premier and Treasurer of Western Australia from 1990 to 1993 and Leader of the State Parliamentary Labor Party, Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Employment, Federal Affairs from 1993 to 1994. Since 1994 she has been Federal Minister for Human Services and Health and the Minister assisting the PM for the Status of Women.
Dr Lawrence was formerly a resident psychologist with the WA Department of Health and a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Western Australia.
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