Patricia denies air-brushing pic
IPSWICH independent candidate Patricia Petersen has denied her flattering campaign sign photographs have been enhanced to improve her appearance.
The candidate, whose academic research has included studies of sexuality, said her earlier career in modelling had given her a few tips on how to take a good photo.
Some QT readers had suggested the photos had been air-brushed.
Dr Petersen said her glamorous appearance was maintained out of respect for the electorate she wanted to represent.
The independent said presentation played a key role for every candidate, male or female.
"Everyone who gets their candidate photo taken nowadays makes sure the photo taken is the best one they can get," she said.
Dr Petersen said her 32-year involvement in the modelling industry put her on the front foot when it came to campaign pictures.
"Being a model, with the right lighting I know exactly what to use to take a good photo."
She said a candidate's appearance could give an insight as to how they would perform as a member of parliament.
"I think we have to demonstrate to others that you have enough respect for yourself to the voters. If you don't have respect for yourself you don't have respect for others," she said.
"I think if you are going to put yourself out there in shabby clothes and so on, it's an indication one would be sloppy and disrespectful to the community."
Dr Petersen commended the clean-cut appearance of her fellow suit-clad candidates Will Keys (Katter's Australia Party) and Ian Berry (LNP).
Mr Berry said he had worn a tie as part of his school uniform since he was 11, and a suit in his profession as a solicitor.
He said he wouldn't feel comfortable in anything else.
"To some people it is not an issue and for others it is important. If you represent the LNP it is a package deal," he said.
As for Mr Berry's campaign photos, he said there was definitely no air-brushing.