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24 December 2015
By Matt Hrkac

Geelong-based Greens candidates raise the bar

Looks like there will be some outstanding Greens candidates contesting the two Geelong-based seats of Corangamite and Corio at the next Federal Election. The Greens have announced Patchouli Paterson as its Corangamite candidate:

The casual academic has been preselected as the Corangamite Greens candidate ahead of next year’s federal election, the second time she has stood for public office.

Ms Paterson said Greens leader Richard di Natale and former Greens candidate Lloyd Davies influenced her decision to run.

The Geelong resident was the only contestant for the party’s preselection process, which wrapped up earlier this month.

“I think coal seam gas will be a big issue, particularly with the grassroots groups like Lock the Gate that are active in the electorate,” Ms Paterson said.

“With Richard (di Natale) living locally, it’s a great opportunity to increase our vote.

“More people are starting to understand our views on climate change and refugees, that we’re different to Liberal and Labor and offer a fresh perspective.”

Ms Paterson has worked as a casual academic at Deakin University and has also worked as a migrant support officer.

Some rather impressive credentials there, and a rather good write-up by the Geelong Advertiser too. Needless to say, this bodes well for seeing an outstanding Greens candidate in the neighbouring seat of Corio too.

What's more: Corangamite is going to be a three-woman race at the next election between Labor, Liberals and Greens. Likely the only seat in Victoria where this will be the case.

About the author:

Matt Hrkac is a writer and photographer based in Geelong. He has particular interests in politics, elections, social movements and the trade union movement.

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