Bronwyn Pike

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The Honourable
Bronwyn Pike
Victorian Minister for Education
In office
3 August 2007 – 2 December 2010
Premier John Brumby
Preceded by John Lenders
Succeeded by Martin Dixon
Victorian Minister for Health
In office
5 December 2002 – 3 August 2007
Premier Steve Bracks
Preceded by John Thwaites
Succeeded by Daniel Andrews
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Melbourne
In office
18 September 1999 – 7 May 2012
Preceded by Neil Cole
Succeeded by Jennifer Kanis
Personal details
Born (1956-01-25) 25 January 1956 (age 58)
Tanunda, South Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Alma mater University of Adelaide
Profession Teacher

Bronwyn Jane Pike (born 25 January 1956)[1] is a former Australian politician. She was Minister for Education in Victoria in the Brumby Government, and was the Member of Parliament for Melbourne from 1999 to 2012.

Early life[edit]

Prior to entering Parliament, Pike worked as a teacher, a community services manager and as the Director of the Unit of Justice and Social Responsibility in the Uniting Church. She is also a former Board Director of Greenpeace Australia. Pike has a long history of advocating for social change, equality and the disadvantaged.

Pike has a son, Paul Coats, who is a former University of Melbourne Postgraduate Association President and an active socialist.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

Pike entered politics in 1999, at age 43. She was appointed the Minister for Housing and Aged Care and Minister Assisting the Health Minister in the government of Steve Bracks. In 2002 she was appointed as Minister for Community Services and Minister Assisting the Premier on Community Building.

In May 2007, Pike became the longest-serving female minister in Victoria's history, along with Lynne Kosky.

Pike announced her resignation from parliament on 7 May 2012 which triggered a Melbourne by-election. Labor retained the seat, with Jennifer Kanis narrowly defeating the Greens candidate, Cathy Oke.[4]

Minister for Health[edit]

Following the re-election of the Bracks government in late 2002, Pike was promoted to Minister for Health.

Minister for Education[edit]

On 2 August 2007, newly appointed Premier John Brumby announced a cabinet reshuffle, as a result of which Pike was moved from the Health portfolio and took on Education.

Pike spearheaded the $1.9 billion Victorian Schools Plan to rebuild and modernise 500 Victorian schools over the four year term of government. This included upgrades to technology wings; re-equipping science class rooms; building new schools in growth corridors. A key focus of this rebuilding program is encouraging joint-use of school and community facilities in areas ranging from libraries to sports fields. By 2011 more than 900 schools will have been rebuilt or modernised. The program has been tarnished by use of tactics to force school councils to vote for closure or merger of small schools by threatening to limit funds to the minimum amount as well as other tactics.[5]

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Neil Cole
Member for Melbourne
1999–2012
Succeeded by
Jennifer Kanis
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Knowles
Minister for Aged Care
1999–2001
Ministry renamed
Preceded by
Ann Henderson
Minister for Housing
1999–2002
Succeeded by
Candy Broad
New ministry Minister for Senior Victorians
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Christine Campbell
as Minister for Aged Care
Preceded by
Christine Campbell
Minister for Community Services
2002
Succeeded by
Sherryl Garbutt
Preceded by
John Thwaites
Minister for Health
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Daniel Andrews
Preceded by
John Lenders
Minister for Education
2007–2010
Succeeded by
Martin Dixon
Preceded by
Jacinta Allan
Minister for Skills and Workplace Participation
2010
Succeeded by
Peter Hall
as Minister for Higher Education and Skills