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PRATT, Louise ClareBiography for PRATT, Louise Clare

Senator for Western Australia

Australian Labor Party

Parliamentary Service

State: Elected to the Western Australian Legislative Council for East Metropolitan Region from 10.2.2001. Resigned 29.10.2007.

Federal: Elected to the Senate for Western Australia 2007 (term began 1.7.2008). Defeated at general elections 2014 (term ended 30.6.2014). Re-elected 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

State: Deputy Chair of Committees from 24.5.05 to 29.10.07.

Federal: Temporary Chair of Committees from 28.9.10 to 30.6.14.

Committee Service

State: Standing: Procedure and Privileges from 24.5.05 to 29.10.07; Environment and Public Affairs from 28.6.01 to 21.5.05 and from 26.5.05 (Chair from 24.8.05) to 29.10.07.

Select: Reserves (Reserve 43131) Bill 2003 from 27.6.03 to 19.11.04; Public Obstetric Services from 24.5.06 to 29.10.07.

Domestic: Parliamentary Services from 28.6.01 to 21.5.05.

Federal: Senate Standing: Senators' Interests from 1.7.08 to 1.7.11; Scrutiny of Bills from 13.5.10 to 1.7.11; Regulations and Ordinances from 21.6.12 to 11.11.13.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Economics from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Economics: Legislation Committee from 14.5.09 to 1.7.11 and from 12.11.13 to 30.6.14 and References from 14.5.09 to 1.7.11, from 12.11.13 to 19.3.14, and from 24.3.14 to 30.6.14; Environment, Communications and the Arts from 1.7.08 to 14.5.09; Environment and Communications: Legislation and References Committees from 12.11.13 to 30.6.14; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation Committee from 30.9.10 to 11.11.13.

Senate Select: Climate Policy from 18.3.09 to 15.6.09; Cyber-Safety from 27.6.13 to 30.8.13.

Joint Standing: Treaties from 1.7.08 to 1.7.11; National Capital and External Territories from 30.9.10 to 5.8.13.

Joint Statutory: Public Accounts and Audit from 27.6.12 to 5.8.13.

Joint Select: Cyber-Safety from 30.9.10 to 24.6.13; Australia's Clean Energy Future Legislation from 14.9.11 to 7.10.11; Gambling Reform from 21.6.12 to 24.6.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

State: Secretary to Caucus (WA) from 31.7.01 to 20.6.05.

Federal: Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Water from 18.10.13 to 30.6.14.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities from 23.07.16.

Party Positions

Member, ALP State Administrative Committee (WA) 2001-05.

Member, ALP State Executive (WA).

Delegate, ALP State Conference (WA).


Born 18.4.1972, Kalgoorlie, WA.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Member, Legislative Council (WA) 2001-07 (see Parliamentary service above).

Community services manager 2008.