West Australian Labor Left Senator Louise Pratt has been accused of being knowingly concerned in voter fraud after presiding over a corrupted internal party ballot in the state’s Young Labor conference yesterday held at Perth party headquarters in Unity House.
She is accused of facilitating massive rorting of the election as its Returning Officer. The vote fraud itself was organised by Dom Rose, the ALP leftist candidate made infamous by his assertion that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was a “filthy Liberal.”
If there is sufficient evidence, Senator Pratt could face criminal charges under the WA Criminal Code or internal Party charges that could imperil her political career.
PRATT INVOLVED IN VOTE FRAUD
When the Broad Left faction Senator Pratt was confronted by Right faction organisers over the rort and the fact that the total number of votes conflicted with a head count conducted earlier in the day, she was visibly distressed and shaken.
Her partner, Aram Hosie, who was born a woman, became the Senator’s lesbian lover despite Pratt being many years her senior and then became a transman, was also present and was also highly agitated, with reports of spiky beard bristling. He was believed to be assisting Pratt during the day.
Right faction organisers started reviewing the rorted attendance record until Senator Pratt, shaking with distress, snatched the evidence and insisted that no one be allowed to look at it.
She refused to provide a photocopy of the list and instead said “I’ll send you a list of those who voted”, triggering further concern that she had much to hide.
Sources not linked to either candidate say that the vote fraud conspiracy inflated the number of Broad Left faction votes by nearly fifty per cent. As a result the Broad Left’s Liz Nedela was elected over the patriot candidate.
CASHED IN ON VICTIMHOOD FROM AN EARLY AGE
Pratt herself is an odd figure, one of the youngest Australian senators, who had previously been the young WA Legislative Councillors and prior to that had worked for a string of Members of Parliament in cushy electorate office jobs. Despite this charmed run, with Labor sources saying she’s never held a job outside of politics, Pratt regularly and loudly insists she is the victim of discrimination.
It is this strong sense of victimhood and entitlement that is believed to propel her into outrageous situations like rorting a Young Labor election, despite her Broad Left faction – according to one observer – “running it into the ground”. There are understood to be only 200 members. Another noted “If she’s rigging these kinds of elections, you really have to wonder what other rorts she pulls.”
Being a victim is a key driver. Indeed her transman partner Aram insists that despite his transformation from being a woman to man that they continue to be a queer and oppressed couple, as he made clear in an interview with the gay press headlined “Still Queer”.
He explained he surprised the Senator with the “reality of (his) announcement” but that the Senator “offered absolute and unconditional love and support to me. Iâ€™m a very lucky man.”
Indeed he is, with all those free drinkies at spouse functions in Canberra and free flights via Chairman’s Lounge to get him there. Sweet.
Despite the fact that the Senator is now partnered with a man, she insists that Pratt is still a lesbian and even that they are – despite being a partnered man and woman – a “queer couple.” Hosie explained to the gay press:
Louiseâ€™s identity as a lesbian is her own, itâ€™s been constant in her life and is independent of whatever is going on with me. Sheâ€™s very connected with the lesbian feminist community and well acquainted with all the history and experience that goes with that. Louiseâ€™s sexuality remains unchanged as lesbian. Gutsy, strident femme lesbian, at that!
Gutsy and strident enough to steal Young Labor elections in front of witnesses so no doubt that’s true.
DENYING GOING STRAIGHT DESPITE BEING GOING ALL ADAM & EVE
The persistent journalist kept wanting to tackle the “Hey but aren’t you straight now” issue, the Senator’s squeeze was having none of it, insisting they too are victims of discrimination and oppression:
Do you consider yourselves a straight couple now?
Both Louise and I have a long history with the gay and lesbian community and still very much view those communities as our home. The concept of being â€˜heterosexualâ€™ is really, really foreign to both of us, and so we identify and describe ourselves as being a queer couple.
Aram Hosie is a man, by his own definition and we’d be troubled by those underestimating how committed he must be to that given the drastic nature of what’s involved. And the Senator is a woman. Sounds like heterosexual to us.
The partner in vote fraud crime, concedes that there are “benefits” to being assumed man and de facto:
Certainly, there are many environments where weâ€™re assumed to be a bog-standard heterosexual couple, and whilst thereâ€™s nothing wrong with that and indeed sometimes itâ€™s an assumption that has its benefits…
Click here to read the full interview.