The Canberra Times informs us that the devout Catholic, Giulia Jones, is going to be the Liberals’ candidate for the southern seat of Canberra after missing out to the Greens for the seat of Molonglo in the local government elections.
Ms Jones was the only candidate for the seat of Canberra when nominations for Canberra and Fraser were closed last year by the ACT branch of the Liberal Party. But the nomination process was brought to a halt and Ms Jones’s candidacy was rejected because, according to a senior party source, the Canberra Liberals wanted more time to cast around for a higher profile candidate.
Now the party appears to have done a backflip and Ms Jones will face Labor’s new Canberra candidate, Gai Brodtmann, who is hoping to replace sitting MP Annette Ellis.
It’ll be interesting to see how Giulia plays in Tuggeranong, she doesn’t strike us as the sort to go quietly into the night.