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“Giulia with a G” runs for Canberra

By johnboy - 25 May 2010 52

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.

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“Giulia with a G” runs for Canberra
jimbocool 9:57 am 26 May 10

@54-11, Le Couteur actually beat Jones by a fair margin on both first preferences and distributed preferences. Le Couteur’s first preference vote was 3,334 (3.78%) and Jones 2,252 (2.55%). At the final distribution – the point at which Jones was excluded from the count – Le Couteur was at 9,457 and Jones at 8,563 – a comfortable margin at this point of the count.

There are a range of problems with projecting the results of the ACT Election on to a future Federal Election – far better to have some reliable polling done. That said it would take a lot of planets aligning for the Greens to have any shot locally, all scenarios would require them getting ahead of the Libs on first preferences. Highest vote for Greens is the 18.2% in 2004 ACT election in Molonglo, lowest vote for Libs is 31.5% same year.

54-11 9:48 pm 25 May 10

I think that for the first time for many years, either Libs or Greens actually have a fighting chance in this neck of the woods. And given that Gulia with a G was only just pipped by Caroline le Couteur for the city council, who knows.

I still believe that a good Greens candidate probably will do better, but it just may be a much more open race this time around.

vg 9:20 pm 25 May 10

And her catholicism has exactly what to do with the intent of the thread….or do you suspect a da Vinci code-esque conspiracy?

I also note she has 2 legs and a head, equally if not more so identifiable parts of her character

Anna Key 8:38 pm 25 May 10

G for Gunghalin is now G for Gowrie or G for Gordon. Although she would start sounding like an exhibit at the War Memorial.

damien haas 5:05 pm 25 May 10

Having met Guilia several times, and run into her on the street when she was campaigning last time, I can say that she is a very thoughtful and hard working person. Importantly, she is an advocate and user of public transport. Apart from Caroline le Couter, i cant think of any other MLA or local political rep who uses public transport.

Gungahlin Al 2:28 pm 25 May 10

astrojax said :

Now the party appears to have done a backflip

no it hasn’t!!! can we all work together to remove this from our lexicon??

when one performs this said ‘backflip’, one finishes in precisely the same position in which one started. the media, too fond of this phrase, and other always (as here) seem to use this to indicate, metaphorically, that someone has reversed their position or outlook, so ‘appearing’ to do a u-turn, an about face, or similar – but NOT A BACK-fgggn-FLIP!!!

/rant

LOL
Backflip with twist? 🙂

A Noisy Noise Annoys 2:04 pm 25 May 10

Well that’s throwing in the towel, isn’t it. I would really like to vote Lib in Canberra as a protest against Rudd but I can’t because they’ve put up a woman as a candidate. The only times the Libs have won the seat is when they’ve had a male candidate (John Haslem 1975-80, Brendan Smyth 1995-96). In future would it be too much to ask that one of the major parties has a male as their candidate?

Holden Caulfield 12:40 pm 25 May 10

If she changed her name to Julia Gulia I would probably vote for her.

astrojax 12:08 pm 25 May 10

Now the party appears to have done a backflip

no it hasn’t!!! can we all work together to remove this from our lexicon??

when one performs this said ‘backflip’, one finishes in precisely the same position in which one started. the media, too fond of this phrase, and other always (as here) seem to use this to indicate, metaphorically, that someone has reversed their position or outlook, so ‘appearing’ to do a u-turn, an about face, or similar – but NOT A BACK-fgggn-FLIP!!!

/rant

Gungahlin Al 11:31 am 25 May 10

As I’ve said before, all of the ACT will get far more attention from parties, and less whipping post treatment from the likes of Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott, if it were to become a collection of marginal seats.

Giulia With a G That Seems To No Longer Stand For Gungahlin will probably give it a fair run – she throws herself into campaigning.

Ian 11:29 am 25 May 10

amarooresident3 said :

It must be a bit disheartening to be chosen only because your party couldn’t find anyone better.

I think these people are generally so full of themselves and thick skinned that they aren’t bothered by little things like being the best of a bad lot.

johnboy 11:17 am 25 May 10

shirty_bear said :

Does it matter? The ALP wins both federal Cbr electorates fullstop. The party couldn’t find anyone better coz everyone better already knows they’ll be losing.

Firstly the seat of Canberra has gone to the Liberals once in the last twenty years (Brendan Smyth in 1995).

Secondly there’s no incumbent, which is a big boost to challengers.

Thirdly a good showing, even if it falls short of the line, sets the challenger up with a public profile for a move on the Legislative Assembly.

So yes, it does matter.

PM 11:17 am 25 May 10

shirty_bear said :

Does it matter? The ALP wins both federal Cbr electorates fullstop. The party couldn’t find anyone better coz everyone better already knows they’ll be losing.

She came close to winning in 2008 – therefore she has more electoral experience than the ALP candidates who as far as I know have never run – so I wouldn’t necessarily believe the Crimes’ source. After all, she may not even be in the running!

It’s still more professional and less dirty than the ALP preselection campaign that was run via the media 🙂

shirty_bear 11:04 am 25 May 10

Does it matter? The ALP wins both federal Cbr electorates fullstop. The party couldn’t find anyone better coz everyone better already knows they’ll be losing.

amarooresident3 10:19 am 25 May 10

It must be a bit disheartening to be chosen only because your party couldn’t find anyone better.

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