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Pulford, Jaala (1974 - )

14 February 1974
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Jaala Pulford was elected Member for the Legislative Council for Western Victoria in November 2006, representing the Australian Labor Party. She was re-elected in 2010 and in 2014. She is currently serving as Minister for Agriculture, Regional Development and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council in the Labor Government, which returned to power in 2014 after its defeat in 2010.


Jaala Pulford joined the Castlemaine Branch of the Labor Party at the age of 16 in 1990. She was an active Young Labor member, and was a Young Labor delegate to the ALP National Conference. Over the course of her political career, Jaala has served as State and National Conference Delegate; member of the Labor Women's Network National Executive; president of the Women's Policy Committee; and vice president of the Victorian Branch of the Labor Party.

In 1994 Jaala became the youngest participant in the inaugural ACTU traineeship for Union Organisers. She began working in this capacity with the National Union of Workers, Victorian Branch, in 1995. She has also worked as an Organiser for call centres, representing a predominantly female workforce, and has used her industrial relations experience to improve the working conditions of staff at her community child care centre. Pulford was elected MLC for the Western Victorian Region in 2006.

Sources used to compile this entry:; [accessed 26 July 2007] [accessed 2016-05-10].

Barbara Lemon

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