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Patricia Petersen

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Patricia May Petersen is an Australian academic from Ipswich, Queensland.

Education

Petersen holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2002.[1] Petersen has been a lecturer at Central Queensland University.[2]

Electoral history

Petersen has run unsuccessfully for political office thirteen times, and has been referred to as a serial candidate.[3]

Petersen ran as an independent candidate for the federal seat of Warringah in 2004[4] and 2007.[5] She lost both times to Tony Abbott. Petersen also contested the mayoral election in Manly in 2008, and lost to Jean Hay.[6]

Petersen ran as an independent for the Queensland seat of Bundamba in the 2009 state election, and lost to Jo-Ann Miller.[7]

Petersen contested the seat of Blair at the 2010 federal election as an Australians Greens candidate, and lost to Shayne Neumann.[8]

Petersen contested the seat of Ipswich as an independent in the 2012 Queensland state election, and lost to Ian Berry.[9]

In 2013 Petersen started her own political party, the Australian Independents, and ran as the lead Senate candidate for the state of Queensland in the 2013 federal election. Petersen did not secure a seat after distributions were allotted.[10]

Following her bid to be elected to the Senate, Petersen ran as an independent candidate for Mayor of Noosa in late 2013. Petersen claimed to have "[s]pent a third of my time on the coast as a child, lived in Peregian in my 20s, have been nurturing land on the coast for 12 years. 4th generation Noosa resident",[11] yet, during her election campaigns in the Ipswich region she has also claimed to "[b]eing a fifth generation member of the Ipswich community, I feel a strong attachment to the historical buildings and sites within the local area. Similar to the way in which aborigines have a deep connection to their land, I am emotionally tied to my home, everything and everyone in it."[12] Previously, she had stated that she "headed off to Sydney to successfully model full-time," and whilst there "completed a BA (HONS) from the University of New South Wales."[13] Petersen lost to Noel Playford.[14]

Petersen again contested the seat of Ipswich as an independent at the 2015 state election. Petersen lost to Jennifer Howard.[15]

After the loss to Jennifer Howard, Petersen told the local Ipswich newspaper, The Queensland Times, in an article dated 31 January 2015 that she would not run for office in the future. Petersen is quoted in the article as saying "But I am hanging my hat up after this," she said. "I have promised my partner I will not do this again." [16]

Despite quitting politics, Petersen ran for Division 3 of Ipswich City Council in 2016, and lost to Kerry Silver.[17]

The Australian Independents was deregistered in February 2016 because it did not show sufficient membership to remain as a registered political party.[18]

Petersen again ran for office at the 2016 federal election for the seat of Blair. Once again she lost, polling the second fewest votes.[19]

Petersen also ran as a candidate for Ipswich Mayor, making this her third attempt to contest a Mayoral election (previously the Manly Council in 2008 and the Shire of Noosa in 2013). The election was held on 19 August 2017, where she received over 3,000 votes and came seventh out of the 11 candidates.[20]

Petersen contested the seat of Bundamba at the 2017 state election. Petersen was once again unsuccessful in her attempt, finishing behind all major party candidates.[21]

Personal life

Petersen has written a self-published book, entitled Morality, Sexual Facts and Fantasies, and has written two plays based on her time running against Tony Abbott in 2004 and 2007.[22][23]

She has worked as a relationships counsellor, and has worked for Brisbane radio station B105 FM and Sydney radio station 2UE. She was a panellist on the Australian television show Beauty and the Beast.[24]

Petersen has a black belt in karate.[25]

References

  1. ^ "Doctor of Philosophy Certificate" (JPG). Resources1.news.com.au. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Despite death threats, lecturer in favour of taking bull by horns". uninewsarchive.cqu.edu.au. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  3. ^ "No leaks from Assange". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  4. ^ Commission, Australian Electoral. "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". results.aec.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  5. ^ Commission, Australian Electoral. "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". results.aec.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ "2008 NSW Local Council Elections - ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Bundamba - 2009 - Election Archive - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". www.abc.net.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  8. ^ Commission, Australian Electoral. "House of Representatives Division First Preferences". results.aec.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Elections 2012 State General Election Ipswich District Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Elections - 2015 State General Election - Ipswich - District Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  11. ^ Petersen, Patricia. "Vote Dr Patricia Petersen - Mayor of New Noosa Council". Facebook.
  12. ^ "Letters to the editor". Queensland Times. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  13. ^ Petersen, Patricia. "Dr Patricia Petersen - Official Website".
  14. ^ "Elections - 2013 Noosa Shire Council - Mayoral Election - Noosa Shire - Undivided Council Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Elections - 2015 State General Election - Ipswich - Division Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Patricia Petersen to quit politics after conceding defeat". qt.com.au. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Elections - 2016 Ipswich City Council - Councillor Election - Division 3 - Division Summary". results.ecq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  18. ^ 26. "Australian Independents". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  19. ^ "Blair, QLD - AEC Tally Room". 4 July 2016. Archived from the original on 5 July 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  20. ^ "2017 Ipswich City Council Mayoral By-Election - Ipswich City Council - Undivided Council Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland.
  21. ^ "Elections - 2017 State General Election - Bundamba - District Summary".
  22. ^ "100 QUT students to act in new black comedy". Queensland University of Technology. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  23. ^ "What's wrong with sex: Patricia". Queensland Times. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  24. ^ Singer, Melissa (5 March 2009). "From 'Beauty and the Beast' to Bundamba". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 5 June 2010.
  25. ^ "Independents leader claims she's been bullied and stalked". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 29 March 2016.