Gareth James Ward, an Australian politician, served as the New South Wales Minister for Families, Communities, and Disability Services in Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s second term.
Ward has also served in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2011, representing Kiama.
Gareth Ward: Australia state MP charged with s*xual abuse
A former minister in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state government has been charged with s*xually abusing a man and a teenage boy. Gareth Ward, who is now an independent MP, is accused of committing the offenses in 2013 and 2015. Mr. Ward, who is 40 years old, denies the claims.
On Tuesday, he stated, “I will be asking my lawyers to seek to put this case before the courts as soon as possible, and I look forward to showing my innocence there.”
Mr. Ward has been charged with a total of five counts. One offense of s*xual intercourse without consent carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. “Police will claim in court that the man s*xually molested a 27-year-old male in Sydney in September 2015 and indecently attacked a 17-year-old boy in February 2013 at [NSW suburb] Meroo Meadow,” NSW Police said in a statement.
Mr. Ward resigned as minister for families, communities, and disability services after revealing he was being investigated by police last year. He also left the Liberal Party, which was in power at the time.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Tuesday that if Mr. Ward did not quit, he would file a motion to remove him from parliament.
Mr. Ward should be assumed innocent, but his continued membership in Parliament was “incompatible with the nature of the charges,” according to the premier.
In May, Mr. Ward is scheduled to appear in court.
Gareth Ward Age, Family, and Early Life
Ward was born in 1982(Age 40 Years) in the Illawarra region. As of now, we do not have the information about his family background. His nationality is Australian and is of White ethnicity.
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Gareth Ward’s Career, What was his profession?
Ward was elected as an independent councilor to the Shoalhaven City Council on March 27, 2004, representing the northern areas of the Shoalhaven. On September 13, 2008, he was re-elected and named deputy mayor in the same month.
Ward was preselected as the Liberal candidate for Kiama on April 12, 2010. He was believed to have won preselection in a 20–12 vote over Ann Sudmalis, the previous candidate. Ward was elected with a 19.4-point swing in the 2011 state election, receiving 57.5 percent of the vote on a two-party basis. Matt Brown, the current sitting Labor member, and former Minister was Ward’s main opponent.
After Premier Mike Baird eliminated the prior role of Minister for the Illawarra, Ward was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast in April 2015. Ward was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary for Education in March 2017. Ward’s duties as Parliamentary Secretary for the Illawarra and South Coast remained unchanged.
Ward was named Minister for Families, Communities, and Disability Services in the Second Berejiklian administration following the 2019 state election.
Which school and college did he go to?
Ward has completed his schooling at Bomaderry High School. He holds degrees in commerce and arts from the University of Wollongong and Bachelor of Laws from the University of New England, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney.
He holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University and is an Admitted Solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia.
Gareth Ward Net Worth, How much does he earn?
The net worth of Gareth Ward is still unknown.
Gareth Ward Wife, What about his relationship?
As of now, we don’t have any information regarding his relationship.
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