Mike Pratt (politician)


Michael Philip Pratt (born 10 February 1948) is a former Australian politician. A member of the Liberal Party, he was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1988 Adelaide by-election. He served until his defeat at the 1990 federal election.

Mike Pratt
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Adelaide
In office
6 February 1988 – 24 March 1990
Preceded byChris Hurford
Succeeded byBob Catley
Personal details
Born (1948-02-10) 10 February 1948 (age 74)
Blyth, South Australia
Political partyLiberal
OccupationFarmer, marketing executive

Early lifeEdit

Pratt was born on 10 February 1948 in Blyth, South Australia. Prior to entering politics he worked as a farmer and from 1984 as a marketing executive with the Norwood Football Club. He joined the Burra branch of the Young Liberals in 1970.[1]


Pratt was elected to the House of Representatives at the 1988 Adelaide by-election, which followed the resignation of the incumbent Australian Labor Party (ALP) member Chris Hurford to take up a diplomatic post.[2] In parliament he served on the standing committee on the Parliamentary Library. He was defeated for re-election at the 1990 federal election by the ALP candidate Bob Catley.[1]

Later activitiesEdit

In 1992, Pratt announced that he would contest the Division of Sturt at the next federal election as an independent.[3] This brought him into conflict with Senator Amanda Vanstone, who alleged that he had never intended to win the seat of Adelaide and was in fact using the by-election as a "dummy run" for the state seat of Norwood.[4]

Pratt later returned to the Liberal Party and supported Vickie Chapman's bid for the state leadership. In 2013, it was reported that he was handing out brochures for independent senator Nick Xenophon.[5] He operated a Liberal Party campaign bus during the 2019 federal election.[6]

His daughter, Penny Pratt was elected as the Liberal member for Frome at the 2022 South Australian state election.


  1. ^ a b "Biography for PRATT , Michael Philip". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  2. ^ "9pc swing to Liberals". The Canberra Times. 7 February 1988.
  3. ^ Schacht, Chris. "Matters of public interest: South Australian Liberal Party". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ "Matters of public interest: Mr Michael Pratt". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  5. ^ "The Outsider: Probing Adelaide's obsessions". InDaily. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Liberal campaign bus attacking Bill Shorten papered over in Boothby". The Advertiser. 15 May 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by Member for Adelaide
Succeeded by