Senate

Louise Pratt

Can Louise make a comeback?

Jun 14, 2016Marion Print

Candidate Snapshot

Party: ALP
State: WA
First Stood in this Electorate: 2008

 

"We have a purpose, we have a plan and we are ready": This quote from Louise Pratt's frequently used Facebook page, which boasts over 3000 followers, sums up her sense of conviction and vision.

She was a senator between 2008 and 2014, and the Labor party has endorsed her again, in a winnable fourth position on the ticket. 

With some electors, however, she may be first choice, given the strong support she has from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex (LGBTI) community.

Pratt was the youngest woman ever to be elected into the Legislative Council in 2001, and she used that position to make extensive changes by way of the Acts Amendment (Lesbian and Gay Law Reform) Act 2002.

This most notably saw a ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and granted same sex couples the ability to adopt children.

In her previous role as Senator she, along with three other colleagues, introduced the ‘Marriage Amendment Bill’ in 2012 to Parliament, which was ultimately unsuccessful, which she felt at the time was a personal disappointment.

Pratt herself is one of the first openly lesbian women to have graced our Parliament and is currently in relationship with Aram Hosie, a transgender person, who also openly campaigns for gay rights and equality.

When introducing the Marriage Amendment Bill, she spoke candidly to the Senate about her relationship saying "we exist. We already exist… all we ask is that you stop pretending we don’t.

"That you stop pretending that our relationships are not as real as yours, our love as true, our children as cherished and our families as precious. Because they are."

And, it seems as though she has found a Labor leader she can trust to acknowledge LGBTI rights in leader Bill Shorten, who has promised to introduce a marriage equality bill to the parliament within the first 100 days of forming a new Labor government.

She has described the Turnbull government as ‘ineffective’ at defending the LGBTI community from attacks on the Safe Schools issue and for  "refusing to overturn the unnecessary, inappropriate, wasteful & divisive plebiscite on marriage equality."

In her current campaign for the WA Senate, Pratt herself has pledged to help fight the apparent cuts made by the Coalition to education, health, the environment and infrastructure and she absolutely shares Shortens direction and plan for the nation.

Most recently weighing in on the affordable childcare policy saying: "I know mums from my son's childcare centre who limit their working hours, as once they reach the rebate limit they find it's not financially worth going to work the extra hours. Ultimately though this limits their family income, their long term career advancement, their super balance - and it's bad for our economy."

Pratt’s key policy interests include economic and environmental sustainability, community engagement and most importantly human rights and gender equity.

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